Yellow tea is a tea processed similarly to green tea, but with a slower drying phase, where the damp tea leaves are allowed to sit and yellow. Typically, the tea has a yellow-green appearance yet a different aroma from both green and white tea. In terms of smell, it is sometimes mistaken for black, but similarities in taste can still be drawn between yellow, green and white teas.
Use 2-3 grams of leaf per 6 ounces of water
Yellow tea is primarily manufactured into either a compact ‘bird’s beak’ shape or a bulky ‘bud and two leaves’ pluck. The volume-to-weight of these different leaf styles requires a teaspoon of the former and two heaping tablespoons of the latter.
Use water that is 160 - 170°F
Asian description: ‘column of steam steadily rising’ water That’s when a column of steam begins to rise from the surface - or boil the water and let it rest for three to four minutes
Honored as the king of Yellow teas and one of China’s Ten Famous Tea, this rare and precious yellow tea was sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin as China’s National Gift earlier this year (2006). The tea originates from Jun Shan Island (also known as the Island of Immortals) of Lake Dong Ting in Hunan Province. The yearly production of this tea is very limited, using only before and early Qing Ming harvest. Tea leaves picked after this period were processed into other teas such as Jun Shan Mao Jian and Jun Shan Lu Cha. Jun Shan Yin Zhen was an Imperial Tribute tea back in the ancient days, and is also well-known as Chairman’s Mao favorite tea.
Other names: Mount Jun Silver Needle
Taste: Delicate aroma with a hint of floral notes. The taste is smooth, light and sweet at first sip but finishes with a fleeting smoky taste. This smokiness is only apparent in the first infusion and is not offensive at all. If anything, we feel that it actually adds character to the tea and makes the sweetness stands out even more in later tasting. After a few cups, you will still be able to feel the light sweetness in your mouth.
Appearance: Jun Shan Yin Zhen consist of thick, needle-shape tea buds that look dry and almost like an aged tea. However, this is all due to the processing method - the tea is very fresh, as you can obviously tell from the taste.