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Yabao is technically not a true tea, as it comes from the Camellia crassicolumna species (rather than the tea plant, Camellia sinensis), and the flavor profile is quite distinct as a result. This is an incredibly sweet and fruity tea, with intense peach notes (almost like peach candy) and salty, marine base notes. On the palate, the tea begins very salty, with malt notes and the nutty, horsehair flavor common of teas from Yunnan. However, this initial (subjectively rather unpleasant) flavor quickly fades to a beautiful finish of fruit, again mostly juicy peaches but also notes of raisins and dried apricots. The flavor does not evolve much with multiple infusions, except for a distinct mangosteen flavor coming in by the third infusion accompanied by the softness of lotus root and rice.

Flavors: Apricot, Bamboo, Dried Fruit, Fur, Malt, Nutty, Peach, Raisins, Rice, Salt, Seaweed, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 175 ML

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