This is an ooooold sample, from a swap with SimplyJenW that I never got around to trying. Thanks for sending it along, and sorry it took me so long to get to it! I think its because I’ve never had a yellow tea. Well since I have been in my plain green/oolong/white mood lately, I thought I would finally throw a yellow tea into the mix as well.
My first thought upon smelling the steeped tea is… wha, puerh? But I think that’s just the strong hay aromas making me think of the barn aromas from some puerhs. There’s a hint of oak and cedar, though, that are also giving me that sense. The flavor is mild and definitely like a white tea. Maybe a white tea puerh. I swear I don’t know where I am getting puerh from (it was stored in an airtight pouch so its not contaminated), but it’s there for me. Like the mildest shu puerh you can imagine, combined with a white tea for vegetal, nutty notes. Ok someone else got earth and rain and other similary puerh-like notes, so I guess I’m not that crazy. The aftertaste leaves a prickly sensation in my mouth, and I can see how someone might liken it to the spice of ginger.
Definitely a really interesting tea, and I’m glad to try it! Finally, I have tried a yellow tea. :)