Yi Wu Wild Buds Yabao 2009 Pu'er

Tea type
Pu-erh White Blend
Ingredients
Yabao
Flavors
Anise, Cut grass, Honey, Floral, Flowers, Hay, Pine, Apricot, Earth, Musty, Peach, Pepper, Sour, Sweet, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 97 ml

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  • “Yabao!!! This was the first one that i tried in this tea box. I have never had Yabao and have been very interested in trying but could never get ahold of any. Finally my day has come :D Now I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It was storming outside – hence I felt it was a perfect opportunity to brew some tea and feel the goodness of pouring rain and windy weather. So I set up on the verandah, grabbed some Yabao Pu’er...” Read full tasting note
  • “Directions on this tea said to brew 6-8 grams. I think I went conservative and only brewed 5 grams with about 4 oz water. I used boiling water initially but then tried a lower temperature. This...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve been intrigued by yabao, so I was really happy to get a great deal on this as my first opportunity to try it. The dry leaf is pale, uniform buds, with a faintly peppery smell. 99C, 7g, 100ml....” Read full tasting note
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These wild-picked buds are among one of the rarest teas found in China. New buds are picked from wild tea trees from late winter to early spring for two months in Qianjiazhai, located within Simao. Some of these large tea trees are believed to be up to 2,700 years old, therefore the buds are picked sparingly. The growing areas are characterised by high elevations with an altitude ranging between 2,000 and 3,137 metres above mean sea level and cool weather.

These intriguing buds are allowed to gently sun dry after picking. This process coupled with the unique terroir is evidenced from a slightly sweet honey taste in its tea with a very fragrant and refreshing aroma. The liquor is light and crisp, and almost impossible to oversteep, making it a great tea to accompany you in your travels – as the longer it steeps the sweeter it gets.

This type of tea shows more promise with age as the flavour develops in character becoming rich and exciting. The aged tea is highly prized and a must-have for any sheng pu’er fan.

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Yabao!!! This was the first one that i tried in this tea box. I have never had Yabao and have been very interested in trying but could never get ahold of any. Finally my day has come :D Now I opened the package and it was mostly odorless. I could hint at a very light dry grass aroma. I brewed in my gaiwan with near boiling water. The aroma of a sweet and savory emitted from my vessel. This tea is unlike a lot of teas. The taste is somewhat cooked and syrupy. Its like an anise honey flavor. The best part of this brew is its colour! Its an iridescent green topaz! It’s very beautiful! I am so happy to have finally tried Yabao and I definitely will be purchasing in the future!

Flavors: Anise, Cut grass, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
TheLastDodo

I have been eyeing their yabao for awhile. I’m glad you like it!

The Finest Brew Co.

Happy to be of service @haveteawilltravel! It is a little surprising how neglected this tea is especially given it isn’t even a tisane. We will introduce more premium versions of this tea in the future. And Fantastic DP :)

Haveteawilltravel

I am very glad to hear it, this tea should be more popular in my eyes. Its a more abstract version of tea :)

The Finest Brew Co.

Couldn’t have said it any better myself

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It was storming outside – hence I felt it was a perfect opportunity to brew some tea and feel the goodness of pouring rain and windy weather. So I set up on the verandah, grabbed some Yabao Pu’er cus its always great for times like these for its floral, intimate-with-nature qualities. And it was wonderful. Little to no color in the liquor, subtle flavor, perfect for gongfu brewing or for drinking all day as its unlikely to go bitter for a long time. Brewed about eleven times before I ran out of water.
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Its definitely not for everyday drinking. But its lovely when had occasionally and great for beginners as it has a scented-with-flowers feel to it. One of my first picks to share with a guest. A rare underrated tea, I must say I love Yabao in nature.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
gschuschke

Waiting for you to get back 2011 Yi wu moonlight. I received a sample from you and loved it! How does this compare??

The Finest Brew Co.

Yes, it will be up in few days! Not too different actually. The yabao feels floral and fruity whereas the Moonlight is full of watermelon! Both are good to wind down to

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Directions on this tea said to brew 6-8 grams. I think I went conservative and only brewed 5 grams with about 4 oz water. I used boiling water initially but then tried a lower temperature.

This tea brewed up so extremely light—only a pale yellow. It was also very light on taste. I could pick up a little sweetness, hay & pine and some faint peppery notes. I could smell citrus but could not pick out anything citrus in the flavour. I did many infusions but this tea was just way too light for any flavour to come through. I’ve checked reviews from other people on this kind of tea (from other companies ) and I’m seeing many different ways of brewing (iced sounded interesting). I think I’m going to try some different things before rating this tea. I liked the flavour but it was just too faint. I plan on going up to 8 g the next time. I really need to play around with something that works for this tea.

Flavors: Hay, Pine

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I’ve been intrigued by yabao, so I was really happy to get a great deal on this as my first opportunity to try it.

The dry leaf is pale, uniform buds, with a faintly peppery smell.

99C, 7g, 100ml. Rinse, 10s, 15s, 10s, 15s.

The steeped leaves smell very strongly of pine, must and drying wood. It’s an intensely outdoorsy smell that reminds me of the Canadian shield.

The liquor is very pale yellow – there’s almost no colour to it. It smells both musty and peppery, like old books. The flavour is really interesting. Very light, sweet, with a slightly sour note that I find in some white teas. There’s mustiness, earth and some of that pepper spiciness, that lingers into the finish, after the sweetness goes.

Second steep has a stronger pine & wood flavour. The sweetness and sour note are toned down, as is the mustiness. Still nice and spicy.

Third steep was a bit more mild than I was hoping for, though it build as I sipped. Toward the very end, a peachy or maybe apricot note made a brief appearance in amongst the pine.

I want to keep drinking this, but sadly, I’m getting some wicked heartburn. Hopefully not from the tea, as it’s delicious, but I think I need to stop either way. Boo!

Flavors: Apricot, Earth, Musty, Peach, Pepper, Pine, Sour, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
The Finest Brew Co.

The last sentence at midway got my heart raising! Glad you enjoyed

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