Yaupon Asi Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Looks like the forums are not working with Steepster now… so I’ll just keep trucking on these teabox teas.. hopefully they will work soon so I can start working on the teabox list for round #4.

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #16
I get to try the plain yaupon too. The leaves look like leaves I went to the yard and picked.. I can see the leaf veins, while with a guayusa or yerba mate I don’t really see that. This one does not get overbrewed like the other types. The cup of the color remains a light green with both steeps, while a guayusa would get really dark. The flavor is unique and interesting… it’s like a light vegetable mixed with hints of cantaloupe. The second steep remains sweet like the first but there is a hint of brothiness like a tomato soup. Super smooth. I can see people liking this one even if they don’t like yerba mate or guayusa. I really like this! I’ll have to keep yaupon in my mind as something to look for in the future, but searching ‘yaupon’ seems to really only have results for the two teas I’ve tried. These two teas seems to be a rarity, so I hope others give them a try in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #5
This one is interesting… I love when there are some unique teas in teaboxes that only one person on Steepster owns. It seems to be like yerba mate or guayusa but from Florida? I’m not sure! It’s tasty though. I wouldn’t say it taste exactly like yerba mate or guayusa, maybe somewhere in the middle. I might try the plain blend included in the teabox to be sure, since this one was also mixed with lavender, coconut and rooibos. The yaupon seemed to take center stage with hints of lavender. Not really any coconut but I’m not sure if any was in the infuser and the rooibos seemed like it just made the color of the cup red. Also different from the yerba mate and guayusa I usually brew, the yaupon didn’t mind the boiling water (no astringency). Very interesting!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

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YAUPON! What is this stuff? It’s from the yaupon holly plant and is native to the USA. This particular Yaupon is wild grown in Florida. Organic and Sustainable. I was excited to first sample yaupon at the World Tea Expo!

I find the flavor similar to guayusa – it’s got that creamy sweet finish. However yaupon has a wild, fresh, herby, vegetal grassy taste kinda like a mate. Big caffeine hit too – yowza!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/timucua-yaupon-yaupon-asi-tea/

If you like mate and guayusa, you’ll very much like Yaupon. I find this tea a little hard to rate as this is the first yaupon I’ve tried so far.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

hmm, something new to try!

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