Oops! I mixed up my tasting notes tonight. I tried two different Verdant blends and forgot to double-check the titles. So… these thoughts are actually about this tea!

Eight Treasures Yabao is odd yet wonderful, and I appreciate how it all comes together. The mix of sweet and savory really seems to work for it. I wish I had read over some of these reviews before I made this up, as I’m not sure I have enough left to try mixing with anything. I only bought one of the little samples, but I’d love to try it with some Laoshan Black… maybe next order!

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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