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Produced By 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.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SPICY – juniper, coriander, cedar
  • VERY VEGETAL – tulsi, lemongrass
  • FRUITY – orange rind
  • A LITTLE SAVORY – rosemary
QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
Camellia CrassicolumnaBotanical Name

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... "

Steeping Instructions


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


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


5 g.12
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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