Usually implies a special tea processed similarly to green tea, but with a slower drying phase, where the damp tea leaves are allowed to sit and yellow. The tea generally has a very yellow-green appearance and a smell different from both white tea and green tea. The smell is sometimes mistaken for black if the tea is cured with other herbs, but similarities in taste can still be drawn between yellow, green and white teas.
It can, however, also describe high-quality teas served at the Imperial court, although this can be applied to any form of imperially-served tea
Chinese Yellow Teas
Junshan Yinzhen (君山銀針)
Is a Yellow tea from Junshan Island of Hunan Province in China. It is one of Chinese Famous Teas. Although the same kind of tea trees are also planted around Dongting Lake, where Junshan Island is located, those teas should not be called Junshan Yinzhen. The tea resembles the White tea Yinzhen known as Bai Hao Yinzhen. Junshan Yinzhen, allegedly the preferred tea of Chairman Mao, is a rare tea sometimes sold as White tea.
Huoshan Huangya (癨山黃牙)
Is a yellow tea from Anhui Province in China, it is the Imperial Tribute Tea and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The dry tea leaves have a shiny appearance and are very similar to Huang Shan Mao Feng tea. When steeped the leaves reveal a very peppery and fresh taste accompanied by an unusual green-yellow color of the brew. As with all mostly bud teas the color and fragrance are slight.
Meng Ding Huangya (蒙頂黃芽)
This rare Yellow tea comes from the misty peak of Mount Meng, where tea cultivation dates back to the Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago. Meng Ding Huang Ya was an Imperial Tribute Tea during the Tang Dynasty and was recorded in many famous Chinese books.
Only the leaves picked in the misty peak areas of Mount Meng can be considered as true Meng Ding Huang Ya. Due to its limited supply and high demand, a lot of teas claiming to be Meng Ding Huang Ya are counterfiet. As our assurance to you, our Meng Ding Huang Ya comes with an anti-fake seal issued by China’s Quality Control Department (for 100 grams and above only).