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I plucked this sample out of my basket o’ teas on a whim — I just wanted something warm after a cold wet night or running errands. 2 scant tsp in 8oz of just less than boiling water for 3 min. I am impressed that it did not taste overbrewed! (At first I thought this maybe was an herbal, so I didn’t pay close attention to time and temp.)

The jasmine, vanilla, and citrus notes were strongest when it was hot. As it cooled down towards lukewarm, I noticed the black pepper and rose (?). Noticing 5 out of 8 flavors without even trying is very good for my lazy undisciplined tastebuds!

I cold brew resteeped it, and will report on that later in the comments.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

The resteeped cold brew is very mildly flavored, with a hint of bitterness. Next time I will not resteep (or if I do I will try hot brewing to see if I can extract more flavor). It’s a complex yet delicately flavored blend overall, and I’m ok with that. I didn’t even know what “yabao” was until I looked it up to figure out what the wheat-bud-looking tea was. It’s beautiful!

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Janefan

The resteeped cold brew is very mildly flavored, with a hint of bitterness. Next time I will not resteep (or if I do I will try hot brewing to see if I can extract more flavor). It’s a complex yet delicately flavored blend overall, and I’m ok with that. I didn’t even know what “yabao” was until I looked it up to figure out what the wheat-bud-looking tea was. It’s beautiful!

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I enjoy reading, paddling (kayak and SUP), eating local food, and drinking tea, of course!

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