Emerald Green (Cui Ya)

Lush, clean flowery notes.

One of our favorite teas - Emerald Green brings a wealth of aroma and flavor to the palate. A yellow tea, "Cui Ya", is cultivated in the Huang Shan Mountains of Anhui Province. These jagged, high mountains are cut with abundant, rushing streams and cooling afternoon and evening mists creating a near perfect environ for tea.

Why we purchased this lot.  This varietal is a favorite in the yellow tea class.  In sampling the tea, we noted the uniform and comparatively small leaf size indicating an early harvest pluck and some care in handling.  The aroma of this lot is fresh and the leaf coloration vibrant.   

Interesting facts about this lot.  Lot was harvested in April 2018.  Note the comparatively small size of its leaves.  In processing, the tea is classed as a yellow tea (the 6th variety of tea in China) as it receives an extra step or steaming prior to firing the leaves.  This elevates its aroma and further sweetens it natural flavor.  

Taste profile.  Once steeped, leaves yield a sweet, lush and clean cup with distinctive flowery notes.  Delicious and full of taste, naturally sweet with a nice uptick at the back of the mouth. Emerald Green will finish with lingering warm notes.  Lot # CY-1.

Brewing suggestions.    We suggest one teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 185-205 degrees F.  Steep for 2 minutes.  Liquor should be a soft, clear yellow.  Taste and see if it meets your flavor profile; if not, steep longer as this tea will not get astringent.  Multiple steeps is the norm.

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  • 4
    Pleasant tea

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Feb 2016

    I am not an authority on teas, but I compare this tea as a milder version of Little Melon Seed green tea. It is sweet, light, and mildly astringent.