October 23, 2017

Teavivre Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea

Neither have I drunk or reviewed many yellow teas. This year I can count on one hand the number of yellow teas I have drunk. One was Anhui Yellow prepared by Sebastian of In Pursuit of Tea. The other is the tea of today's review: Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea from Teavivre. This yellow tea was harvested in April 2017 from the Cheng De Tea Garden in Taiyang Village, Huo Shan County, Liu’an City, Anhui Province. Isn't it great when tea companies provide the provenance information for their teas?!

Infusion parameters per the package: 185 F, 5-8 minutes; I used the entire 4.5 gram sample

Dry leaf appearance: straight, strip leaves with hairy buds, olive and forest green color

Dry leaf fragrance: very sweet

Infusion 1 (5 minutes): sweet, lush, full-bodied, pale yellow/gold liquor throughout

Infusion 2 (6 minutes): similar flavor profile and body as in the first steep

Infusion 3 (8 minutes): sweet, lighter bodied, floral

Infused leaves: yellower leaves than in the dry state; the plucking styles are more visible (one bud with one leaf and one bud with two unopened leaves)

Yellow tea is an underrepresented category on this blog and in my tea experience. However, I feel comfortable recommending this tea. I enjoyed its long lasting sweetness and the emergence of a floral note in the third steep. I used a Western brewing method so you might be able to extend your session and uncover more flavors if you prepare this tea in a gongfu manner. One more thing: this tea is known for its chestnut flavor. I did not detect chestnut but cooked chestnuts are sweet and buttery so perhaps the sweet taste and lush texture I experienced in the first and second infusions are my approximation of chestnut.

Samples of Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea were provided by Teavivre.

P.S. About the naming protocol: Huo Shan denotes the county (Shan means mountain) and Huang Ya denotes that the tea is a yellow tea, so to write Huang Ya Yellow Tea is redundant.

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