Huo Shan Huang Ya
Huo Shan Huang YaYellow Tea from Elmwood Inn Fine TeasHuo Shan Huang YaHuo Shan Huang YaYellow Tea being wok firedAfter several days, the green tea leaves turn yellow

Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea Organic

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The buds of this rare and elegant yellow tea make a soft, rounded cup of tea that is complex, refreshing, and sweet with suggestions of toasted nuts and sweetcorn. Grown in the high mountain Da Hua Ping Tea Garden in Anhui Province, China. EU Certified.
Price: Starting at $10.95
Ingredients: Hand-picked tea
Origin: Huoshan, Anhui, China
Caffeine Level: Medium
Brewing Time: 2 minutes, drink and repeat multiple infusions
Water Temperature: 175-185°F
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Noted as one of the fourteen most-famous teas during the Tang Dynasty, Huo Shan Huang Ya is known to have been one of the teas made tribute to the Chinese court from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–906) to the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).

This tea from the high mountain Da Hua Ping Tea Garden in Anhui Province is plucked in early April and then manufactured in the style of a green tea except that the leaves are covered prior to complete drying in order to produce a slightly yellow tone leaf set.

The essential third step, known as ‘piling,’ gives yellow tea its unique flavor. While hot and damp, the leaves are removed from the wok and wrapped in paper or cloth or heaped in a bamboo basket under a cloth blanket. They are left for a few hours or days to provoke a step called ‘Men Huang’ or ‘Sealing Yellow.’ During this stage, the sweltering tea undergoes non-enzymatic oxidation that transforms the polyphenols, lowers the astringency, and reduces the vibrant grassy character of the tea. Consequently, yellow tea develops a gentler, sweeter, mellow smell and flavor than green tea. After the first piling, the tea is returned to the wok for a second panning, and while still warm and damp, the tea is wrapped again to provoke the second stage of non-enzymatic oxidation. This heating and wrapping may be repeated several times. Finally, the tea may be rolled or pressed to further develop flavor before the finished leaves are dried thoroughly.

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So glad I tried it!
Leslie (Massachusetts) 10/2/2021 12:24 PM
I'm a huge fan of Elmwood Inn teas. This is my first time trying a yellow tea and it has been well worth it. It reminds me of a delicate oolong tea but with a very light earthy flavor. I am careful to brew it at the exact recommended temperature and steep it for the right amount of time. It is such a great tea to have when you want a diversion from your usual go-to teas. I infused it a second time for about 4-5 minutes and it was just as good! Branch out and give this one a try.