Sunday, November 18, 2018

Yellow tea

The many varieties of tea include white, yellow, green, oolong, black, and postfermented teas (such as pu-er).

Yellow tea refers to a type of tea processed similarly to green tea, but for yellow tea, the drying phase is slower and the damp leaves are allowed to sit and yellow. Yellow tea is traditionally made with leaf buds plucked in early spring. The buds are processed like Chinese green teas through the pan-firing step, or they are treated to a gentle heating method known as men huan or “sealing yellow”.

This is the rarest class of tea by far, difficult to source because the harvest time is short, and the processing is complex and time-consuming. Yellow tea originated in the Anhui an Hupei Provinces.

Although it might be the smallest category of tea based on to production volume, there are written records showing that yellow tea may have been produced as early as the Tang dynasty (618-907).
Yellow tea
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