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'Huang pian' tea
Literally 'yellow pieces', huang pian refers to leaves that have been sorted out after initial processing for being unsightly—having a yellow color, frequently, or irregularly rolled, etc.—relative to the desired appearance for the type of tea. Farmers often retain this material for personal consumption, usually being less valuable, but it is sometimes resold or pressed into 'huang pian' cakes, which depending on the provenance could still be more expensive than select teas from other regions. The flavor of the finished tea is not necessarily worse, per se, but can be milder or simpler and may age more gradually.