Friday, April 19, 2019

Tea Review: Anhui Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea (Teavivre)

Anhui Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea
Type: Green
Origin: China, Anhui Province, Liu’an City, Huoshan County, Taiyang Village
Product Description: Huo Shan Huang Ya Tea, made through a unique process involving the special step of “heaping” to yellow the leaves, is a lightly fermented tea that is gentler on the stomach than green tea. It originates from the Dabieshan area.

The fresh tea is hand-picked before Guyu, the 6th period of the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which usually begins in April 19. Only the tips of the tea leaves are picked - it’s standard practice to pick one bud with one leaf, or one bud with two unopened leaves. Including more leaves makes the taste mellower and infuses the tea with a more prominent chestnut flavor. This strong chestnut flavor is the most significant characteristic of Huo Shan Huang Ya Tea. It’s highly recommended to use a Gaiwan to brew it in order to better enjoy the strong fragrance and delicious taste.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 5 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma that is nutty with notes of brown bread and brown rice.

The pale green infusion has a buttery, nutty and green aroma and taste.

Steeping for 5 minutes at 175° F produced the most savory results which appealed most to my tastes.  A longer steeping time of up to 8 minutes developed mild astringency and fewer savory notes.  The first infusion was the most complex with each infusion after tending slightly greener in taste.  This tea was still going strong after three infusions and I would expect it to produce several more.

This tea was purchased by me.

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