Steep, jagged mountains cut with gushing springs are home to alpine forests, rich bamboo groves and some of China's finest green and yellow teas. The Huang Shan Mountains, literally the Yellow Mountains, consists of approximately 75 separate peaks spread across Anhui Province. High elevations, rich soils, traditional farming practices and tea craftsmanship combine to bring this wonderful yellow tea to market.
Our lot offers a smooth and lush floral character. It is a grade A lot. The leaves are consistent in shape and size and its coloration bespeaks its fresh flavor. In tasting, we found this tea delicious and refreshing. Lot # HY8.
It was grown at an approximate elevation of 1200 meters in the Yellow Mountains of Anhui Province. Tea was harvested in April 2018. Teas in this area are fed and replenished by abundant fresh water springs that dissect the mountains. Note the very slight golden cast to the leaves. Yellow teas appear as bright green yet the name comes from the fact after their initial drying & just before firing, they are allowed to an additional step called "man huan" during which the leaves are lightly steamed and then covered with cloth to allow the leaves to absorb additional sweet fragrances and flavors. This step is known as "sealing the yellow" and is definitive in classifying a tea as yellow.
Vibrant green leaves are crafted to bring out smooth and lush floral flavors. Astringency in yellow teas is rare. Always a refreshing and naturally sweet tea that offers liquor that is strikingly clear and clean. Taste is light, very smooth & vegetal, naturally sweet.
Use approximately 3 grams per 8 ounces of water at a temperature of 195 degrees F. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. Note, this tea does not steep to strong notes but is quite flavorful. It will steep for longer periods with no astringency. It will yield multiple steeps.