While better than pure Yabao I still don’t understand what is this tea all about >_<
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“A rich, velvety blend inspired by traditional ‘Eight Treasures’ tea, incorporating the cooling qualities of yabao with creamy vanilla bean, and sweet goji berry…”
Yabao is an incredibly intriguing tea, evoking marshmallow sweetness, spice, and even cooling cedar notes. By combining it with a light sun dried green jasmine from Yunnan, and whole vanilla bean, this brew steeps up perfectly smooth, thick and velvety. The floral elements of the vanilla and honeysuckle are extended to the aftertaste with marigold and rose petals, and the spice of the yabao is sharpened with goji berry. This well-integrated take on the traditional “Eight Treasures” is sweet but nuanced, and great hot or iced.
Ingredients: Yunnan Green Jasmine, Silver Buds Yabao, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Marigold, Organic Whole Vanilla Bean, Organic Honeysuckle, Organic Rose Petal, Organic Elderberry.
ICED: Notes of strawberry and kiwi. Shaved ice. Soft, round, smooth texture. Super refreshing!
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Mmm, this is nice! I got a sample of this with my last sample. I’ve been curious about this one as everyone here raves about it.
The leaves are super pretty and colorful. The liquor is a bright yellow; to be honest I expected it to be reddish from all the ingredients in here. The taste was quite unexpected; it tastes like bubblegum and roses! Haha. Very sweet and unique.
I couldn’t drink this everyday, but it is quite nice for now and then. I have a sample of the regular Silver Buds Yabao that I’ll try at some point today too.
The only debate is what to do with the remaining sample. Ice it, or another hot cup? Hmmm… :)
Today has been a long rainy day. Was very slow at work but I have been very sore so thankful for my cancellation. Two clients was perfect for today. Also was able to get some much needed dry needling done yay! I have been very tense and stressed lately and this tea seemed to be just what I needed. It smells amazing. Very flowery and sweet like clovers. Mmmm this taste amazing! It’s very calming and relaxing. It tastes like flowers with raw sugar and some woodyness. It’s even kinda creamy with a hint of vanilla. I definitely need to buy more of this!! It’s so savoury! I think I’m going to make a second cup. I also made some iced tea for tomorrow if its nice out.
So for today we have Verdant Tea’s Eight Treasures Yabao. First a little history, Eight Treasures Tea (or Ba Bao Cha) is an herbal tea in the Traditional Chinese Medicine arsenal that is reputed to replenish Chi, stimulate the blood, and tonify the liver (among other things) but unlike most of the TCM teas I have tried this one actually tastes good. Take Verdant Tea’s spectacular blending skills and you have a unique version of a traditional tea.
Made from Yunnan Green Jasmine, Silver Buds Yabao, Organic Goji Berries, Organic Marigold Petals, Organic Whole Vanilla Bean, Organic Honeysuckle, Organic Rose Petals, Organic Elderberries, this tea is a thing of beauty. Certainly one of the most colorful teas I have seen, and I am a fan of the blooming teas! The aroma of this lovely tea is a mixture of fruits and flowers (as to be expected) the first thing you notice is this mix of tartness and fruity, similar to the way dried blueberries smell, following that you get a rich floral scent bringing both the jasmine and rose petals together and mixing them with an aster or strawflower like scent. Lastly it is followed with notes of pine resin, earthiness, and rain water. Yes, rain water, or at the very least the smell the air gets right before it rains during the spring. If this tea was available as a perfume or soap you can bet I would wear it, it smells that good.
After a good steeping the leaves are not as pretty, but it happens to flowers that way sadly. The aroma becomes very sweet and heady, like a mixture of pears, jasmine, and berries. It is what I imagine eating dessert in an exotic garden would smell like, it is very intoxicating. The liquid itself brings in more of the pine resin aroma mixed with fresh spring water and a touch of the floral.
Ah, the tasting! Do I detect dates? No, I think that might be the richness of vanilla beans, but is certainly has a slightly date like quality to it. This tea tastes very clean, or at the very least very cleansing. It is like drinking something pure and revitalizing, similar to drinking spring water that has been accented with pine and honeysuckles. It maintains its floral notes without being too heady which can be a problem with teas that have jasmine or honeysuckle in them. As the tea chills it takes on a sweeter quality with a slight citrus note from the goji berries. This tea could be enjoyed hot or iced and would be great for every season, but especially Spring or early Summer. I think it would be an excellent after dinner refresher, especially after a heavy meal.
I order this back in May and have been dying to try it!!! It is such a beautiful tea. So colorful yet subtle. I decided i would try icing it! I did the cold brew for 12 hours and I think I found my new favorite iced tea! Perfect for the summer! It’s such a refreshing taste and such a beautiful tea to watch brew! I think if I added a but if sparkling water it would be that much more refreshing of a iced drink for summer. I love it I love it I love it. I would just buy this is bulk just to use to look at it is that pretty. Ha ha I do recommend this tea. Next way to try it is hot.
Sample sipdown (sorta)!
Darby was so kind to give me a little packet of this in our first swap. I can definitely taste both the yabao silver buds (of which I have a package at home) and the jasmine – the piny roughness of the silver buds combined with the jasmine in an interesting way. Overall, the tea was quite light and delicate.
Now I’m packing up the rest of the sample I received so Jude can try some.
Oooooh yeah. That’s what I needed. I’ve been wanting to try Verdant Teas for ages, pretty much since I’ve joined this site, and at least with this tea…I’m not disappointed.
1st smell: Flowery, (I like many flowery teas so that’s a good sign.)Unlike the last Jasmine tea I had (Which was ok, but doesn’t even come close to holding a candle to this tea.) this is just wonderful.
This tea makes me yearn for Spring, yeah I know it’s only the last week of February and we could very well be having snow well into April or we could be into 75 degree weather after 10 days. lol. (I don’t hope for that warm, not yet anyways. I would like at the very least be able to enjoy my teas warm for the most part, though I suppose I should start stocking up on my favorite fruity iced tea flavors, heh. Though that can wait till March…contemplating a Butiki order with my birthday moola.
But anyways, hopefully they will bring this back, if they do well, I will mostlikely talk myself into making an order, though truthfully it won’t take that long to accomplish.