It’s Friday – and it’s tea time . . . time to take time out for our de-stressing tea-way ritual. This week I’m continuing the focus on Yellow Tea: and here’s my guidance for your contemplation . . . “yellow” in its energy connects us at our solar plexus chakra, giving us a culture of awareness of energetic birthing into connectedness with Planet and Nature. Let’s go deeper into the process . . . and benefits.
Yellow tea is produced similarly to White Tea and Green Tea although an additional step is added. This extra step produces a tea that brews into a golden hue and features a mellow flavor without grassy notes. When you learn more about the basics of Yellow Tea, you can unearth some of the best types on the Planet. This is the process:
The leaves are harvested in early spring and immediately dried using direct sunlight or gentle pan-firing. Once dry, the leaves are wrapped in wet paper or cloth to induce a mild oxidation process through steaming. The yellow tea leaves are oxidized for up to three days and may undergo additional firing or drying rounds. This tea processing method produces a yellowing effect on the tea leaves.
One of the Best Types of Yellow Tea
There are just a few types of yellow tea in the world since the production process is difficult and the tradition of making yellow tea has become more obscure. Fortunately, the varieties remaining are high-quality and delicately produced to elicit the classic flavor of this ancient tea.
Jun Shan Yin Zhen [Silver Needle] : This tea is cultivated on Jun Shan island in the Hunan Province of China. It was used as a tribute tea in ancient times and is reputed to be the favorite tea of Mao Zedong. The tea offers flavor characteristics that are similar to silver needle white tea. It is slightly floral and mildly sweet with a light and airy body. No wonder I love this tea with a name like “Yin Zhen” : Meditation of the Goddess!
Flavor and Color
Yellow tea is from the type of tea known as true teas. These types of tea are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, known more commonly as the tea plant. What makes this tea so desirable is its rarity. Yellow tea is a Chinese tea that is difficult to find outside of China. That’s because the process to produce this tea is time intensive, requires additional labor, and proves to be difficult when it comes to large-scale quality control. As a result, there are only three main types of yellow tea available on the market today.
Yellow Tea offers a mellow flavor that is similar to green tea. It does not have the grassy smell associated with green tea and the yellow tea leaves tend to have a smoother taste. The tea brews into a characteristic yellow, golden hue.
There are just a few types of yellow tea in the world since, you’ll probably realise, the production process is difficult and the tradition of making yellow tea has become more obscure. Fortunately, the varieties remaining are high-quality and delicately produced to elicit the classic flavor of this ancient tea.
How do I make Yellow Tea?
Making Yellow Tea involves many of the same brewing techniques as Green tea or White tea. As this is a rare tea, it is more likely you’ll be brewing using loose leaf teas rather than tea bags. Use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every single cup serving. Boiling water will burn the flavor of the delicate yellow tea leaves, so use water between 165 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit instead, which usually means let the water go off the boil for 3 minutes. Steep the tea leaves for 3 minutes and then set aside. You can use Yellow Tea leaves for up to 4 to 6 infusions.
As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a tea like Yellow Tea for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.
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