Yellow Tea. A Rare Chinese Treasure

yellow tea brewing

On today’s journey, we’ll be exploring the unique world of yellow tea. While not as well known as green or black teas, China’s yellow teas offer a smooth, mellow drinking experience prized by connoisseurs.

Japanese Yellow Tea Leaves

Yellow tea is a special subtype of Chinese green tea that evolved in the mountains of Anhui, Sichuan and Hunan provinces. While production methods vary, yellow teas undergo a special “sealing” step where damp tea is wrapped to allow gentle, warm fermentation. This removes grassiness and unlocks sweet, rounded flavors and a signature yellowish-gold color.

Famous yellow tea varieties include the luxurious Junshan Yinzhen from Hunan, Huoshan Huangya from Anhui, and Mengding Huangya from Sichuan. The best yellow tea blend invites aromas of honey and orchid with a perfectly balanced, savoury-sweet taste. Quality yellow teas yield a gorgeously amber brew.

Because production techniques are so intricate, authentic yellow teas remain rare treasures. The sealing and drying steps require great skill; too much fermentation creates unpleasant flavors. Traditional yellow tea masters pass their secrets down over generations. This hand-crafted artistry makes exceptional yellow tea a prized experience.

Yellow teas may offer similar antioxidant benefits to green teas, though research is limited thus far. But the joy comes from quiet reflection while steeping and sipping these rare brews. The color, like a glowing sunset, calms the spirit. The taste transports you to misty mountain tea gardens. Seek out Chinese yellow teas if you enjoy discovering new tea dimensions. A realm of bliss awaits your next cup!