I’ve been saving this tea for a special occasion.
Could any day be as special as this day? A dream come true and one that has been full of hard work (and frustration at times)!
This was the right time for tasting but I couldn’t keep such a special tea all to myself. This was the Duckler’s Wedding Tea and they shared it with others on an even greater, more special day. (Some of the Wedding Beeng was saved the for annual Anniversary celebrations, which I think is very romantic!)
I decided to take my packet of tea to share at Happy Lucky’s Tea House. (For anyone who is new, this is my local tea pub in Fort Collins, and I take tea to them and share. They drink my tea and I drink theirs!)
I arrived early enough for the shop to be pretty quiet. Preston set up a gongfu tray for shop owner George, manager Andy and the rest of the staff to enjoy many steepings of tea.
Because the shape of the tea leaves is somewhat like wheat, the flavor opens up quickly when exposed to water.
One short rinse, and the first pour was smoky with a smooth texture and sweet hay like aroma.
The second pour was more developed and sweeter. Andy said the tea reminded him of an olive tree that had been cut down by his house and how the wood smelled sweet when it burned (although I didn’t taste or smell smokiness any longer).
I sat at the tea bar, thinking about Lily and David’s wedding day and how this tea fit into their plans. Many guests being served the tea outdoors, the scent of flowers in the air and much joy. A beautiful bride.
Everything fit. The tea, the scene…all blended with elegance.
The sweet, buttery tea would weave a silky thread uniting everyone in joyous celebration, lifting the spirit.
Eric commented that he had tasted a young Yabao before but he wasn’t fond of it. This aged Yabao however, was “really special”! (All agreed!)
Excellent tea to celebrate an excellent friendship on a special occasion. What an honor!
To have dear friends who care so much for others is a great treasure.
I lift my cup with my friends to David and Lily, and all the people at Verdant Tea House!
מזל ט 我 祝 你 好运!