Yellow tea was discovered by accident during the pan-fired green tea process. People noticed that the tea leaves become yellow due to delayed or lack of sufficient kill green, shaping, or drying and it eventually became a new category, yellow tea. The characteristics of yellow tea are yellow leaves and yellow liquor. The aroma fills up the mouth with just a sip.
Yellow tea, depending on the tenderness and the sizes of buds and leaves, can be categorized as huang ya cha, huang xiao cha, huang da cha. Hunan Province is the main production region of yellow tea. Junshan in Yueyang and Weishan in Ningxiang are two tea regions. These two mountains are known for producing the top Hunan yellow teas. Yellow tea is very expansive, easily over a thousand (yuan) per 500g.
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Dry Leaf: Butter cookies, sweet, hints of fresh straw
Liquor Colour: Light yellow-gold
Liquor Aroma: Gentle meadow grasses and flowers
Flavor: Hints of butter cookie and meadowy freshness
Mouthfeel: Clean and bright
Gaiwan Lid: Field of hay, light floral
Other: Refreshing, gentle crispness
Da ye qing delivers a nearly perfect yellow tea experience while still being accessible to both the taste buds and the pocketbook. The leaf aroma starts off with freshly cooked butter cookies mingled with hints of straw and plenty of sweetness. The buttery cookie sweet roastiness flows into the liquor as well, evident in every sip and paradoxically combined with a refreshing, clean, crispness. Da Ye Qing truly teases the intersection of freshness and oxidation with it’s clean, bright mouthfeel and a somehow warming but simultaneously refreshing profile. The brewed leaf gives off a scent of sweet yams being steamed and the gaiwan lid teases us with fields of hay and a lilting floral note. Don’t miss out on this rare yellow tea treat!
Deqing, Guangdong Province.
3g/150ml at 90°C for 1 ½ min. 4 – 6 infusions.
Sealed well in a cool, dry, dark location.
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The process of yellow tea and green tea is similar. The difference is that yellow tea has a yellowing step (men huang, 闷黄). This step gives yellow tea the features of yellow liquor yellow leaves, and it’s less cool property than green tea.
Yellow tea has bright, greenish yellow liquor.
Yellow tea has a rich, refreshing, brisk taste with full-bodied aroma.
Basic types of Yellow Tea
Huang Ya Cha (黄芽茶) – Junshan Yin Zhen, Mengding Huang Ya, Huoshan Huang Ya, etc.
Huang Da Cha (黄大茶) – Guangdong Da Ye Qing, Huoshan Huang Da Cha, etc.
Huang Xiao Cha (黄小茶) – Beigang Mao Jian, Luyuan Mao Jian, Wenzhou Huang Tang, Weishan Mao Jian, etc.
Premium yellow tea
Dry leaves: golden, yellowish green, tender yellow, with fuzz.
Liquor: greenish yellow, bright
Brewed leaves: tender yellow, uniform
Low quality yellow tea
Dry leaves: dull, no fuzz.
Liquor: greenish yellow, not bright
Brewed leaves: dull.