I only discovered this yellow tea last year: it is a Guangdong speciality and supposedly the least yellow of all of China’s yellow teas. The unusually warm winter and spring we’ve had this year meant the first harvest of the year of this tea was at the end of January!
This tea was produced in the traditional manner, and the flavor is excellent! The rough edge many green teas have has been oxidized away, and this year’s tea now offers a lovely fruity flavor (I get some berry, grape and apricot notes) with green bean notes if brewed hot. Slightly cooler temperatures give you sweet fruity flavor without the green bean. This is a very smooth tea!
This tea was produced near Zhaoqing, Guangdong, in the north of the province. Zhaoqing is only 183 km (117 miles) from Hong Kong! The tea was grown in plantations well above the city in a protected area. While many Hongkongers can trace their ancestry back to Guangdong, very few have probably ever heard of this tea, which is a regional specialty and rarely sold outside the area it is produced.
This tea may look like a green tea at first glance, but the yellow tea processing is immediately evident in the cup. There is a lot of fine pekoe (hairs) from the leaves in the bag, which is lovely to see! The dry leaves smell of sweet blueberries and raspberries.
The sweet aromatics in this tea linger on the palate for a good, long time. This tea is more intensely flavorful than it was last year. I get very good calming energy from this tea, so this is a tea I’m always happy to drink!
I only have eight 50g packs of this tea available at this time.
Brewing suggestion: 80-90 degrees Celsius for three minutes. Use 1.5 – 2 teaspoons for 150ml. Refill at the 50% mark with water at the same temperature. I used a gaiwan for this tea, as I would for green tea, and drank directly from the gaiwan.
Wholesale quantities of this tea are available, but I suggest moving fast as quantities are limited and this tea is best fresh! Please contact me for more information.