100% Wild White Tea Buds
This very rare and unique wild tea buds variety comes from the oldest and most genetically diverse wild tea forest in the world: Qianjiazhai. Sweet & free with a taste reminiscent of pine needles, light in the cup.
This Organic Yabao is absolutely unique: made of sweet and unbroken buds, it is gently sun-dried after being hand-picked from wild trees up to 1200 years old, in late winter and early spring - which makes it the earliest tea of the year.
Because the winter weather is more severe high up in the mountains, tea trees are dormant for many months. As early as end-February or March, they awaken from their winter dormancy bursting with new, tender buds, filled with nutrients. These ancillary buds have a unique cone layered appearance and have to be picked sparingly otherwise the tea trees will not grow enough branches.
This very rare tea is a Single Origin, Vintage tea: each Year brings a different flavour. One more amazing thing about Ya Bao: You can push this unique tea up to 20 infusions.
Instructions / Western Brewing →
Instructions / Gung Fu Brewing (recommended) →
Production: Spring harvest, Ye Sheng wild tea trees, Qianjiazhai.
50g. Classic Pack. €18.00
200g. Bamboo Basket Gift Pack. €78.00
01 WATER Read More →
Use quality spring water or good filtered tap water. Temperature 95°C / 205°F.
02 THE EARTH & THE LEAF Read More →
Qianjiazhai forest, UNESCO World Heritage Site. 100% hand-picked ancillary buds.
03 THE CUP Read More →
Pale yellow, soft texture liquor. 1 mn. Infusion GonFu brewing, 5 mn. Western brewing.
04 THE SENSES Read More →
Refreshing, sweet and light / Pine needles and apricot, more depth with each infusion.
05 THE BODY Read More →
Bright and calming, with a long lasting soothing sensation. Quite low in caffeine.
The Art of making White Tea
White tea is the most delicate of all teas.
Produced mainly in China, white tea is usually made entirely from leaf buds that are still covered by fine white hairs, hence the name “white” tea. The new buds are plucked before they open in early spring, then withered and dried slowly at low temperatures. Unlike other tea processing methods, the leaf buds are not rolled and only slightly oxidized. Ya bao tea is made in an even simpler way: after being hand-picked from wild trees, it is gently sun-dried - nothing more.
This minimal processing and low oxidation results in some of the most delicate and freshest tea available. The liquor has a mild flavor and a natural sweetness, with little of the grassy undertones sometimes associated with green tea.
Just like the with the Chinese Emperors and courtesans of ancient times, white teas are still revered today for their delicate, rare and beautiful aromas and flavors. Most white teas are still handpicked and hand processed, making them a true delicacy to sip in appreciation of the artisanship that went into their making.
The Time & The Place
White tea is a great way to start the day off - it has a light aromatic quality with subtle, nuanced flavors, which may be more apparent in the morning when the palette is still fresh. Unlike drinking green or black tea on an empty stomach, drinking white tea before breakfast doesn't tend to cause discomfort.
As for the place, try this - Wake up 10 mn earlier, prepare your tea and indulge yourself back to bed, while it’s still warm. Enjoy the silence, savour each minute, simply sitting up in your bed, thinking of nothing. These 10 minutes can be heavenly and will wake up your senses - this magic moment is for you and you alone.
Then and only then, finish your tea, put the cup down and Seize the Day.