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I’ve been holding on to this sample of tea for too long! Friday night I finally got around to brewing it, and it lasted me over three days, and when I finally decided to move on to another tea, I believed it could have still been brewed more. I made this gong fu style, and I didn’t make tasting notes. The flavors/aromas/sensations were very much like what is described on the website (peppercorn, sparkling, linen, apple [didn’t really get so much of this], cedar). Through later steepings it begins to get more earthy and the spice notes go from being light and peppery to more of a cinnamon or allspice (although neither of those I think are quite it). In much later steepings it became very mineral-y. This was a great tea, and it inspired me to make a last-minute Verdant purchase before their sale ended. This has also really piqued my curiosity as to what an aged version of this would be like.

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

Aged yabao is one of my favorite teas! It’s sweet, smooth, silky, fruity, earthy, and very thick tasting. :)

CharlotteZero

Interesting. Sounds delicious! How old are the aged yabaos you have tasted?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I have a 2008 and 2010. I can throw in a small bit of my personal stock of 2008 for the experience if you ever order something from WPTC :)

I’ve actually had 3 2008 yabao’s, but I dont think two of them were properly aged. If you store it in an airtight container or package, you stop the aging process.

CharlotteZero

That’s very nice of you. Perhaps I will be placing an order soon. :-D

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

Aged yabao is one of my favorite teas! It’s sweet, smooth, silky, fruity, earthy, and very thick tasting. :)

CharlotteZero

Interesting. Sounds delicious! How old are the aged yabaos you have tasted?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I have a 2008 and 2010. I can throw in a small bit of my personal stock of 2008 for the experience if you ever order something from WPTC :)

I’ve actually had 3 2008 yabao’s, but I dont think two of them were properly aged. If you store it in an airtight container or package, you stop the aging process.

CharlotteZero

That’s very nice of you. Perhaps I will be placing an order soon. :-D

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!

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