YELLOW TEAS

After withering and de-enzyming, leaves are covered with a clean cloth. This brief "smothering" process forces out more fragrance from the tea and imparts a slight yellow hue to the leaves. The pan-firing process is of shorter duration than that for green teas.

 

Huo Mountain Yellow Sprouting

#5411
Another of Anhui's big-name teas, this Yellow tea shows beautiful budsets. "Fresh" and "sweet" are the most distinctive features, with an unmistakable orchard fragrance. Huo Shan is not a single mountain in western Anhui but is the name of the district, where there are several mountains that rise to over 5000 feet. 75% of the county is deeply forested, and all villages are supplied by natural water sources.

Snow Dragon Yellow Bud

#5416
Plump buds tell the story about the precise plucking and the quality of the raw material. With some knowledge of yellow tea processing, you’re sure to find a layer of flavor reflecting that added step when leaves are covered.  The taste is clean and sweet, and surprisingly satisfying given the predominance of buds. This is a single-plucking tea.

Mengding Snow Bud

#5417

The tips plucked for Sichuan Snow Buds are already sorted during plucking, since only buds are nipped off. Two people working one day pick about a kilo, and the fruits of their labor are gathered in a small fabric bag, not in the large baskets that one usually sees. The buds are sorted once more before they are de-enzymed and again after the drying process.

Fragrant Bud

#5421

Deeper than most yellow teas; the smothering makes this resemble a light oolong.

Spring Bud

#5426

Clean and lively taste; good value for a yellow tea.

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