drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
57 tasting notes

Not assigning a numerical rating on this one. I’m tasting it from a surprise sample that was included in my recent verdant order (I feel I need to try the tea several times before making final judgement on it).

Anyways, first things first, I like it very much! Very light and subtle but with a clear sweet woodsy taste. I decided to write on note on this one because I currently have a much newer yabao (produced in 2012), and when this sample was included in my order, I was excited to see what the differences would be between an aged yabao (2008 according to verdant’s site) and a new one.

All I can say is that the aging makes it sweeter and definitely more complex. My newer yabao is very flat and with a strong pine needle aroma/taste, so I’m glad that aging it will make it better on the long run :)

I’d definitely recommend this one if you enjoy white tea.

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SoCal native and Tea addict.

Looking to try every single type of tea the world has to offer.

I’m not too fond of flavored tea or blends, but every now and then, there will be one that I like.

I enjoy all types of tea, but my absolute favorites are Japanese Greens and Oolongs.

I am much more familiar with Chinese and Japanese teas. I’m looking to get in to Korean tea next and then Indian/Ceylons. Herbals are good too, but I don’t pay much attention to them (except rooibos).

Ti Kuan Yin (or Tie Guan Yi, whichever you prefer) Is one of my favorite teas. I’m trying to taste many offerings from different vendors to find the absolute best batch I can find.

My “Tea-Dream” is to one day make a cultural-tea trip to China, Taiwan, and Japan.

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