Hello all! I am finally back again with more tea to taste. My life has been significantly hectic lately so I apologize for being very, very MIA.
Today’s tea is very interesting – it’s a yellow tea from Yunnan Province! This tea is certified organic and was grown in the Simao District of Pu’er Prefecture, right on the southern slope of Ma Wei Mountain.
It’s produced similarly to a black tea, however the sun-withering and oxidation stages are reduced. That makes this tea more like a Korean yellow tea, which is really just a lightly oxidized black tea.
So, without further ado, on to the tasting!
From the looks of it, this tea is exclusively buds. The dry leaves smell kind of like a cross between a green tea and a lightly oxidized black tea. It has the floral, fruity notes of a lightly oxidized black with the intense, toasted nuttiness of a Chinese green. There’s a little bit of a savory, slightly yeasty smell almost which makes it smell a little bit like crackers.
The wet leaves smell toasted like the dry leaves but instead the dominant scent is a floral scent of a lightly oxidized black tea.
The tea itself has a strong, roasted nut scent and lacks the floral, honeyed notes of the dry leaves. The roasted scent coupled with the nuts once again smells a lot like toasted crackers or something of that nature.
The first steep begins with a punch of roasted nuttiness and the savory notes of buttered vegetables. As far as vegetables go, I got some asparagus notes as well as Brussels sprouts. Aside from roasted flavors there is a light, gentle, floral sweetness; a bit like wildflower honey but not nearly as intense as the honey notes that would be in a full-fledged black tea. Further steeps lessen those harsher, roasted notes (however they still remain present) and bring out more of the floral nature of the tea, as the flavor profile slowly comes closer to a black tea.
Overall, this tea was very interesting. It’s a new take on lightly-oxidized blacks, and I think that it is definitely worth trying if you’re looking for something unusual to add to your tea collection. I’m definitely inspired to go seek out more yellow teas as well since they are so mysterious and I would love to try more.
From: Yunnan Sourcing
Ma Wei Mountain, Simao District, Pu’er Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China