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How Is Yellow Tea Made? – Types, Processing Steps & Benefits (2022)

Yellow tea (Chinese: 黄茶; Japanese:黄茶) is often referred to as a particular kind of tea that is prepared in a manner that is similar to the preparation of green tea, but with a longer drying period during which the moist tea leaves are allowed to settle and become yellow. The aroma of the tea is distinct from that of white tea as well as green tea, and the look of the tea is often highly yellow-green. Even though the aroma may be confused for that of black tea when the tea has been cured with other herbs, it is still possible to draw parallels between the flavour profiles of yellow, green, and white teas.

Tea processing

Main processes include fixation > rolling > sweltering > drying
(similar to green tea but has an added sweltering process no added heat the tea is piled up after fixation and rolling for short time only made in the spring)

Varieties of yellow tea

  • Junshan Yinzhen (君山銀針): from Hunan Province, China is a Silver Needle yellow tea. A Chinese Famous Tea.
  • Huoshan Huangya (癨山黃牙): from Mt. Huo, Anhui Province, China.
  • Meng Ding Huangya (蒙頂黃芽): from Mt. Meng, Sichuan Province, China.
  • Da Ye Qing: from Guangdong Province, China. Literally Big Leaf Green.
  • Huang Tang: from Zhejiang Province, China. Literally Yellow Broth or Yellow Soup.

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