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I just purchased this tea and I am waiting for it to come in the mail. What drew me in was it was on “clearance” and is “age-able”, I plan to give it to someone with more self discipline than myself for Christmas. My question for now is, How does one age this particular tea? Should it be air-tight or open to air? And where would be a good place to store it?

David Duckler

Hi- Thanks for picking up some yabao for the holidays. This Yabao actually reminds me of holiday time, mulling spice, baking, pine trees, etc. In terms of aging, leaving them slightly open to air in a non-damp environment away from smells is best. However, they can stay in the bags they came in, especially if they are opened up once every few month to get some new air in. Yabao changes slowly, but it does become deeper over time. Some silver needle white teas and white peony are aged in China as well. I am looking to get in a good candidate for aging.

I hope that whoever you give this to has fun with it. Yabao is a pretty unique tea.
Best Wishes,
David

jgo

Thanks for the quick reply! I will probably print all this out and put it with the gift. I have wondered for some time if aging wine was something I would want to try, but aging tea actually seems less risky, more rewarding, and much cheaper. $15 for 3 ounces of tea is really cheap when compared to wine.

Going by the reviews on steepster some people don’t quite enjoy the tea, as with any tea. So I’ll have to brew some at the Christmas party to see who would actually enjoy aging this tea.

I assume room temperature is best for tea, but from what I’ve read control over moisture, smells, and air flow is more important than temperature. Some pu’erh is good stored with lots of moisture and air flow, and some needs to be air tight and with no moisture. Yabao is a unique tea with very little info on the internet so I had to be sure, dry + air flow doesn’t sound too hard.

Jesse.

jgo

Perfect! Not only did I buy on the last day it was 50% off. I think I got the last of the 2009! The webpage says it’s 2010 now.

BTVSGal

Great information on how to age it. I was wondering on how to do it.

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David Duckler

Hi- Thanks for picking up some yabao for the holidays. This Yabao actually reminds me of holiday time, mulling spice, baking, pine trees, etc. In terms of aging, leaving them slightly open to air in a non-damp environment away from smells is best. However, they can stay in the bags they came in, especially if they are opened up once every few month to get some new air in. Yabao changes slowly, but it does become deeper over time. Some silver needle white teas and white peony are aged in China as well. I am looking to get in a good candidate for aging.

I hope that whoever you give this to has fun with it. Yabao is a pretty unique tea.
Best Wishes,
David

jgo

Thanks for the quick reply! I will probably print all this out and put it with the gift. I have wondered for some time if aging wine was something I would want to try, but aging tea actually seems less risky, more rewarding, and much cheaper. $15 for 3 ounces of tea is really cheap when compared to wine.

Going by the reviews on steepster some people don’t quite enjoy the tea, as with any tea. So I’ll have to brew some at the Christmas party to see who would actually enjoy aging this tea.

I assume room temperature is best for tea, but from what I’ve read control over moisture, smells, and air flow is more important than temperature. Some pu’erh is good stored with lots of moisture and air flow, and some needs to be air tight and with no moisture. Yabao is a unique tea with very little info on the internet so I had to be sure, dry + air flow doesn’t sound too hard.

Jesse.

jgo

Perfect! Not only did I buy on the last day it was 50% off. I think I got the last of the 2009! The webpage says it’s 2010 now.

BTVSGal

Great information on how to age it. I was wondering on how to do it.

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