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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
673 tasting notes

Thank you so much Jason for sending me a sample of this special tea!

Finally, my spirit was calm enough to drink this tea and appreciate it fully. The time had to be right. So much chaos lately, with little rest.

I didn’t want to rush a rare tea that I couldn’t gather up for myself again. This Yabao is gone. No longer available. ( Psych Joke is on me! I thought this tea was gone,but it’s NOT! So I’m dancing in place (tap, tap, tap! Love happy endings!)

The dry leaves looked like large daggers of wheat and when wet turned bright green, cream and toast.
Smelling like newly sheared grass on a warm Spring evening. Sweet floating scent carried easily on the wind.
The liquor through these 15 second steepings in my Gaiwan, were very clear. Pristine.

1. My first taste was a gentle mist of honeydew melon, light and airy. The juice sparkled then thickened at the very back of the throat. This startled me. How could this be a Pu’er? My mind was stunned not knowing how to process what I was tasting.

2. This cup became a vision of pine trees around a pool of water with light reflecting off the surface. Glistening, sugary bursts heady and intoxicating. Looking down from a point above the pines, gliding on silk…the taste so smooth, fluid and lasting.

3. I didn’t want to admit to it. No! But, I did smell snickerdoodle in the leaves. Ah, yes. Spice and rock sugar, sweet and juicy with some of the pine trees hiding in the background like a trip to a fabled Fairytale House filled with much craved treats.
The best was indeed yet to come.

4. There was an odd smell in the leaves that made me crazy! I wanted to know what it was?! I loved the smell!
This steeping took me on a journey back to the Sierra foothill town of Paradise. One way I heated my home was by woodstove. Being a woman alone with 5 teenaged girls (only 1 was mine…the rest were “throw away kids” that nobody wanted) we had to cut wood and stoke the stove to keep warm in Winter. I remembered the smell of cutting down trees…the smell of the center of the wood and fresh sap. Even though we used cedar and oak, Christmas meant Pine tree cutting.
This Silver Bud Yabao on infusion #4 was smelling like fresh cut pine wood, and sweet like rock sugar, juicy and silky at the finish.

Magnificient! Stunning!

Thank you Jason!

Missy

Sounds pretty awesome.

Bonnie

Awesome, unexpected, different!

Azzrian

Correction – YOU wanted them and they are blessed to have had you! <3

Bonnie

Thanks! Explains why my daughter has adopted 3 and Fostered 27 (the 2 she has now are maybe adopt additions!) . My parents raised my orphaned cousins. You keep the love going!

Bonnie

You would do the same. You don’t leave kids out in the forest!

TeaBrat

Ah, I just got the 2008 yabao that’s on Verdant’s website

TeaBrat

It’s in the pu-erh section, but I don’t think it’s the same tea as this one that says it’s from 2010 in the description?

Bonnie

Got it! Happy!

Hesper June

A big thank you to you and your daughter for your devotion.
We adopted my little sister when she was 4 and she had been in the system for 2 years, she had some wonderful foster parents, and we are forever thankful that they cared for her till God blessed us with her:)
The tea sounds so yummy!
We heat with a wood stove, so I know the smell you are speaking of, I love that smell:)

Bonnie

Hesper June, Hug!

Hesper June

Hugs right back ya’ :)

Jim Marks

There was a “Spring plucked” silver buds yabao which sold out about half a year ago, that probably accounts for the confusion.

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Missy

Sounds pretty awesome.

Bonnie

Awesome, unexpected, different!

Azzrian

Correction – YOU wanted them and they are blessed to have had you! <3

Bonnie

Thanks! Explains why my daughter has adopted 3 and Fostered 27 (the 2 she has now are maybe adopt additions!) . My parents raised my orphaned cousins. You keep the love going!

Bonnie

You would do the same. You don’t leave kids out in the forest!

TeaBrat

Ah, I just got the 2008 yabao that’s on Verdant’s website

TeaBrat

It’s in the pu-erh section, but I don’t think it’s the same tea as this one that says it’s from 2010 in the description?

Bonnie

Got it! Happy!

Hesper June

A big thank you to you and your daughter for your devotion.
We adopted my little sister when she was 4 and she had been in the system for 2 years, she had some wonderful foster parents, and we are forever thankful that they cared for her till God blessed us with her:)
The tea sounds so yummy!
We heat with a wood stove, so I know the smell you are speaking of, I love that smell:)

Bonnie

Hesper June, Hug!

Hesper June

Hugs right back ya’ :)

Jim Marks

There was a “Spring plucked” silver buds yabao which sold out about half a year ago, that probably accounts for the confusion.

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