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Crassicolumna Yabao Cake

Crassicolumna Yabao Cake

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Sourced By the Dongsa Cooperative

The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative was established to be a steward to the oldest tea forest in the world, wild-foraging and hand-finishing every leaf using traditional craft.
  • true
    100
    juniper, coriander, cedar
    true
    80
    tulsi, lemongrass
    true
    65
    orange rind
    true
    25
    rosemary

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - juniper, coriander, cedar
    • vegetal - tulsi, lemongrass
    • fruit - orange rind
    • savory - rosemary
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2016
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION2000-2250m
    • Camellia CrassicolumnaTea Varietal

    This tea is picked from the early spring buds of the Camellia Crassicolumna (厚轴茶) tree, a close relative of tea native to Qianjiazhai. Crassicolumna is naturally caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants. Yabao buds are extremely sweet and packed with flavor since they are the early shoots of the plant that would otherwise become new branches. Master Zhou pressed half of the year's harvest of yabao into 100g cakes for aging to show off yabao's unique potential to get richer and sweeter over time.


  • 'The first steepings of Crassicolumna Yabao were full of the flavor we have come to know and love in Qianjiazhai- tulsi, juniper and cedar. Yet the complexity and aromatics didn’t stop there. We got candied citrus peel, lemongrass and rosemary. While other yabao is light and crisp, this yabao is thick and hefty, almost creamy or brothy in texture'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    205
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    205
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use 205.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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