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