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2019 Wild Crassicolumna Yabao

2019 Wild Crassicolumna Yabao

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

Crafted 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.
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    redwood forest
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    spearmint, basil
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    fennel, cinnamon
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    burdock

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - redwood forest
    • vegetal - spearmint, basil
    • spice - fennel, cinnamon
    • savory - burdock
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2019
    • QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
    • ELEVATION2000-2250m
    • Camellia CrassicolumnaTea Varietal

    Available both loose leaf and in pressed 100g cake, this new 2019 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. The giant buds picked from this wild-growing tree stock are allowed to gently sun dry without any heat processing to keep the most natural flavor. Wild crassicolumna trees can be anywhere between several hundred and over a thousand years old, and are incredibly tall and difficult to climb to harvest these precious buds, but the rich nuanced flavor and lingering aftertaste is worthwhile. This year's harvest is particularly complex, with exciting aging potential.


  • 'For most of the tea industry, yabao is an intriguing novel experience, but for the local people of Qianjiazhai in the Ailao Forest Preserve, yabao is part of daily life. People have been picking yabao and enjoying it alongside more traditional tea for as long as anyone can remember'

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    20 seconds
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    6
    205
    8 seconds
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    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 room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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