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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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I was very surprised to find yellow tea in a little tea shop, but since I’m such a big fan of the other yellows I’ve tried, I had to buy some of this.

It does not have that toasty, roasted, steamed flavour that other yellow teas have. It is extremely flavourful with a complex combination of tannins. What I like about yellow teas is the complex “natural” unprocessed flavours that come out. A lot of green teas taste grassy to me, and I like that yellow teas are processed in a way that doesn’t lead to the same extremes in flavour. You get that strong “tea” taste, but never any bitterness, astringency, acididty, drying of the mouth, herbaceous, grassy, or weak flavours that black, green, and whites can be prone to.

The leaves are soo beautiful. They seem to be small whole leaves twisted into long needles. All the little silver hairs are still on them and the undersides of the leaves are a beautiful yellow (in contrast with the silver hairs and dark topside of the leaf). They expand to about 4x their original size.

This makes a really good latte, plain hot tea (resteep 4-6 times), or unsweetened ice tea. I imagine you could add sweetener or flavourings, but I think it has such a nice natural flavour that it would be a waste of high grade tea.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Nattie

I’ve never tried yellow tea! Sounds delicious.

Arby

I highly recommend Teavana’s Golden Dragon or Huangshan ‘Yellow Sun’ Yellow Tea Tea by What-Cha for a first yellow tea. This one was more like a black tea that without the bit of toasty flavour I get from other yellow teas. Regardless, they are fantastic!

Nattie

I’ll look into them!

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Nattie

I’ve never tried yellow tea! Sounds delicious.

Arby

I highly recommend Teavana’s Golden Dragon or Huangshan ‘Yellow Sun’ Yellow Tea Tea by What-Cha for a first yellow tea. This one was more like a black tea that without the bit of toasty flavour I get from other yellow teas. Regardless, they are fantastic!

Nattie

I’ll look into them!

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

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Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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