Before I made a cup of this, I made a cup of the previous Eight Treasures Yabao, just to fully experience the difference. The Summer version is so damn beautiful, so dainty & colorful, so fragrant, that I feel like a fairie princess while steeping & drinking it. It looks like Spring!
The Winter blend is heady with the aroma of a pine, juniper, & redwood forest. It smells kind of like something I could rub on my chest to help my breathing. It smells like something you should drink when you are under the weather, something you should drink to avoid being under the weather, & it is! This tea is loaded with herbs that support your immune system, that are anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & detoxifying.
Call me a wierdo, but I love the unique taste of Burdock root. I always eat it in the fall. It’s a potent blood purifier & an excellent tonic for the kidneys, liver, and lungs. Juniper is also a great tonic for the kidneys, which tend to suffer in the winter. I drink elderberry regularly, especially in the fall & winter, for it’s antiviral properties. It’s great for the digestion & respiratory systems, and Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, helps to keep the lungs clear & is a natural nervine.
So as far as I’m concerned, this tea is a winner!! Even if tasted like crap, I’d probably still drink it.
The good news: I love the taste!
It’s an unusual tasting tea, there’s a mild camphor/pine essence, with a bass note of slightly bitter & earthy burdock, balanced by the oatmeal taste of the Yabao & the sweetness of vanilla, & jasmine. It’s an amazing combination that is both intriguing & soothing. This is a blend that I hope to drink often.