A truly original yellow tea produced according to a traditional recipe in an ancient Chinese tea region. The sprouts are picked when still tiny and tender to be carefully processed in small batches.
The taste is very clear and rich, refreshing but not fresh. Warm, brisk and mineral with hints of hay and a pleasant, slightly sweet, aftertaste.
The owner of the small tea factory where this tea is manufactured is a very passionate tea expert. He dedicated several years in optimizing the laborious and difficult “yellowing” process until he was able to produce this rare tea. Beside the complex processing technics, temperature and humidity control, the right wrapping material for the leaves and days of careful hand work (day and night!) are necessary to reach the quality of this tea.
The production of yellow tea is not only difficult but also risky. During yellowing the tea might turn moldy, causing the lost of precious raw leaves. So former yellow tea producers decided to focus on more popular and risk-free green teas or at least to shorten the yellowing phase to few hours instead of days, thus producing yellow tea undistinguishable from green tea.
- ORIGIN: Mingshan, Ya'an, Sichuan, China
- MEANING: Yellow buds (huang ya)
- HARVEST TIME: Spring 2014
- TASTE: Mineral, rich, brisk