Silver Bud Ya Bao

Tea type
White Tea
White Tea Leaves
Dry Grass, Flowers, Honey, Orange Zest, Peach, Apricot, Grass, Fruit Tree Flowers, Licorice, Melon, Cloves, Candy, Nutmeg
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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 9 oz / 267 ml

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A rare, white tea plucked at the end of winter, consisting of all buds from wild growing trees. Mellow, sweet, with an unmistakable fruitiness.

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9 tasting notes

Strong, sweet notes of acacia and red clover, with a grassy bouquet. This ya bao is better than any yinzhen I’ve had and cheaper than most of them, too!

Brewed in a small gaiwan.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Flowers, Honey

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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23 tasting notes

Love this, so delicate yet also complex. I could drink this every day.

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Hello Steepster!
I’m back from my trip to Minneapolis but we were so busy with my boyfriend’s family that we didn’t get to visit ANY tea shops much less do much sightseeing. Oh well. I’m bummed to have missed both Verdant and Mandala but maybe I’ll be back there someday.

This is from one of the Steepster select boxes, I think from March. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of these yabao type teas. The other one I had was from Verdant a while ago. I steeped according to the package directions and I’m getting a slightly sweet type of drink that reminds me of clover and/or hay. I wish this had more flavor to it… I’m definitely not getting the notes that other people seem to, but I will finish the cup.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Welcome back! Hope you had a nice visit with bf’s family.


It was! They are very nice.


It’s nice to have a trip where you have back up plans (visiting tea shops) but then you never get to those. Family visits can be hit or miss sometimes, so I’m glad this was a hit.

I’m also disappointed when I don’t taste what other people get out of teas. I try to drink at least half of my cup before looking at tasting notes, first to get my impression, and then to see if I can find what others taste in teas.


@ Teabrat,

Try doing a 1 minute steep @ boiling instead of the recommended 160. This method brings out a much stronger flavour, and it won’t get bitter/nasty like a green tea would if you tried to boil it.

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188 tasting notes

Not keen on these teas as they are so subtle I basically need someone with experience to walk me through. Mostly flavors of oat-grass and a faint hint of sweetness but that’s all I got out of it. Heading off to my local tea shop (Tea Drunk) for instruction.


if I lived closer to the east village id be making up all kinds of excuses to go to Tea Drunk haha

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1627 tasting notes

I received this in my Steepster Select in March. First, this tea is not like other teas. There are actual large, yellow-white, downy BUDS in this tea. Out of the package, it smelled very fresh and moderately floral. Can I say love at first whiff?

Brewing in my glass vessel, the liquid was a very, very pale yellow-white. Initially I thought that I hadn’t brewed it long enough; however, I decided to just follow the instructions and try a cup! Wow! It was flavorful despite the tea looking so much like water. The hints of peach and floral and green tones in this is delicious. I cannot wait to try the second packet. I have a feeling this will make its way into my wishlist.

160 °F / 71 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62 tasting notes

I got a sample of this through Steepster select. It has a very mellow flavor, similar to silver needle. It has a light sweetness and is a bit citrusy as well. It’s almost impossible to oversteep. I don’t normally go for white teas and this one didn’t give me any reason to feel inspired. It’s just not interesting enough in flavor for me to want to actually buy some, though I would recommend it to someone who loves white tea.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Peach

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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31 tasting notes

A lovely tea with a strange brewing ratio. I used too much water on the first steeping, failing I’ve again to notice the drastic change in water required from usual with the Select packets. With the amount of water adjusted for the second steeping, mellow notes of honey and peach came forth, with a mossy tang rounding out the body. A very well balanced tea, but I was surprised I couldn’t get more flavor out if the giant buds. 7/10

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330 tasting notes

The last new tea from the Steepster Select box (I still have the second packet of each, yet).

The leaves are pale, pale yellowy-green, like a plant that hasn’t received enough sunlight. And they are covered in golden fuzzy hair. I swear it looks like parts from tiny furry crustaceans, like it came off the Kiwa hirsuta, or wooly lobster. It honestly freaks me out a little bit!

It smells grassy, with a hint of apricot.

I brewed it in my gaiwan. If I had not sneaked a peek at the other reviews, I would have thought I underbrewed it – the liquor is pale yellow, like a white wine.

Taste-wise, I am unimpressed. A light aftertaste of grass. I’m not getting any fruit or citrus from it. I let the second steeping go longer, and I get perhaps a little more grass. The leaves don’t expand much, suprisingly. I am not going to bother with a 3 resteep – it’s like somewhat flavored water to me. I know it says it’s “mellow” on the packet, but this is too mellow – it’s like drinking hot water heated in a kettle that didn’t get washed well.

I might try heating the water a bit more if I do try the second packet.

Flavors: Apricot, Grass

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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388 tasting notes

Interesting tea. Never had tea that looks like these buds do. After it brews the 2.5 minutes, it looks like it’s still just water but it has a light, citrus flavor. It’s nice, not something I’d drink a lot of but it’s kind of lemony to me. Smells good too.

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4847 tasting notes


I was really happy to find this tea in the Steepster Select box for March. I love Ya Bao teas, but, they are seldom a tea that I put in my “cart” when I’m shopping for tea. It seems that there are just so many great teas out there, you know?

So I looked forward to sampling this tea.

The early infusions were delicate, sweet, slightly grassy, and faintly reminiscent of honeydew melon. I also noted a very faint whisper of spice. Perhaps nutmeg with a hint of white pepper. Very subtle notes of spice, but enough to get the taste buds to perk up and say, hey, what was that?

In later infusions, I tasted notes of peaches and cream. Hay-like notes. The tea became sweeter with each infusion.

Here’s my full-length review:

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