Huang Cha Yellow Tea

Tea type
Yellow Tea
Yellow Tea Leaves
Butter, Caramel, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Cream, Dates, Floral, Grass, Hazelnut, Honeydew, Lettuce, Mineral, Straw, Sugarcane, Sweet
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185 °F / 85 °C 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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This rare beauty is a truly unique treasure, a must try for any tea enthusiast! Don’t be mistaken by the dark color of the leaves; this is yellow tea! True yellow tea; which is only grown in China, is prepared in a similar way to green tea, yet the leaves are left damp to slightly oxidize the tea, turning the leaves and the finished brew a golden yellow hue. Our “Huang Cha” yellow tea is wonderfully floral- you’ll notice the chrysanthemum scent right when you open the bag, and almost a faint hint of jasmine. Its flavor profile is similar to an oolong, with a smooth, rich, buttery mouth feel.

Steep a cup of this fine luxury tea and imagine sitting amongst the Emperor during the Qing Dynasty!

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I have spent the last couple of days working my way through a 25 g sample pouch of this tea. Most of my experience with yellow tea comes from Huoshan Huang Ya, so this was something new for me. Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable yellow tea.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 185 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, I detected a floral aroma reminiscent of chrysanthemum, as well as straw, sorghum, and butter. The rinse brought out subtle cream, caramel, sugarcane, and damp grass aromas. The first infusion brought out marigold and a subtle nuttiness. In the mouth, I detected flavors of chrysanthemum, sorghum, butter, caramel, straw, sugarcane, cream, and grass underscored by subtle impressions of roasted nuts. Subsequent infusions brought out marigold, leaf lettuce, mineral, hazelnut, date, honeydew, and roasted chestnut aromas and flavors. The later infusions were heavy on minerals balanced by nuts, grass, butter, lettuce, and passing hints of flowers.

This was an interesting tea and I really liked it. Compared to the yellow teas I am used to, this one was much sweeter, fruitier, and more floral. I have no clue how it would compare to other teas of this type, but I found a lot to like and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, approachable tea.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Cream, Dates, Floral, Grass, Hazelnut, Honeydew, Lettuce, Mineral, Straw, Sugarcane, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

This sounds wonderful. I’ll have to order some one of these days.

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