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MELLOW YELLOW by Linda Villano

Monday, November 16th 2015 @ 4:39 AM

Yellow Tea is only made in China in Anhui and Hunan Provinces.  Similar to green tea manufacturing, the yellow color is due to an extra step during production called "Sealing the Yellow". 

After pan-frying, there is a slow oxidization process where the damp buds and leaves are piled and then wrapped in paper or cloth, then dry naturally for a few hours. The process is repeated sometimes for days. Yellow tea is mellow without the grassiness associated with many green teas; there is also a pleasant, lingering sweetness.  


Huo Shan Huang Ya, Photo Credit SerendipiTea

Huo Shan Huang Ya is a rare hand-crafted yellow tea from Huo Shan (Mountain) in Anhui Province.  The distinctive shiny sword shapes are comprised of slim, downy buds with one or two leaves which, when steeped, release soft, floral notes.  "Yellow" refers to the pale, straw-colored liquor.

1. Fill kettle with fresh water, then heat.

2. Warm your teapot with a little hot water. Discard water and then place 1 teaspoon (2.5 g/8 oz. cup) tea leaves in the teapot allowing the heat of the pot to release the bouquet of the leaves.

3. Heat water below boiling (approximately 180°).  Pour over the tea leaves and steep up to 3 minutes. refresh cup or teapot as desired.

 

 

~ Linda Villano, SerendipiTea
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LINDA VILLANO co-founded SerendipiTea.com in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

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