Erin said

Yellow Tea

I’ve heard about yellow tea, but I can’t find any online stores that sell it. Has anyone ever had any? Where do you buy it? I’m so curious, but can’t seem to find any information.

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I don’t know much about yellow teas, but I’ve seen it on TeaGschwendner’s site:

Jing also has it. They’re a UK company, but they’ll ship to the US.

Hopefully someone else will have more info for you. That’s all I got!

Janefan said

I’ve been curious about it for a while now too! Here’s a quick but seemingly through summary:

Apparently it tastes like green tea without the grassiness, and is brewed like white.

Erin said

It sounds like yellow tea would be perfect for me, since I don’t like green tea only because of it’s grassy taste.

Thanks! Now I just need to find out where to buy it. Hopefully it’s not killer expensive.

tea-rific said

I’ve hade the Yellow peach tea….sooo good!!!!

I was able to find some when I visited LA’s Chinatown.
Royal Silver Needle Yellow.

I wrote three notes on it, here:

Hope that helps a bit. Keep an eye out, I might have it again tonight.

Cofftea said

People confuse me… I’ve seen yellow tea categorized as a green, white, and oolong! There is so much contradictory info, I wish people would get it straight. But then again some people call pu erh a black tea… Here’s a great article I found:

Rishi has one (I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t tell you how it is). I have had which is very good. If you’re looking for a sample size, UTI has this one, which is only $2 for 5g. I’ll be including this in my 1st order.

Yeah all these names are confusing. But there is little that can be done :-p Puerh is called black tea by Chinese people. In China, black tea by western sense is called red tea. I don’t see a reason why a yellow tea can be called green, white or oolong. But among all the teas called “silver needle”, some of them are white, and some of them are yellow. Besides, there are white teas that taste like oolong, oolongs that taste like green, puerhs that taste like green. And there are teas that people argue on them for decades whether they should be green, white, or puerh. So I guess we just can’t take names too seriously :-D

Erin said

@cofftea – This is perfect info, exactly what I was looking for! Thank you! I’ll probably order either Rishi’s, because I’ve ordered from them before & like their service, or Upton’s because sample sizes are the best thing on the planet. : )

@Ginko – I thought I was finally starting to get my teas straight, but I guess everything is a ton more complicated than I thought! I guess you just have to go by what you know tastes good, rather than trying to make sense out of everybody’s inconsistencies. Thanks for your input!

Cofftea said

Glad I could help- I look forward to your tasting notes!

cubelenec said

Understand this threat might be a bit old, but if anyone in UK is interested in Yellow Tea, company Tea Story sell is as well. Worth checking their new website, beautiful.

Zack S. said

Not a big fan of Teavana normally, but their Golden Dragon Yellow is perfect. Also, expensive.

AllanK said

I tried their Yellow Dragon in store a while ago. I did not like it. Maybe the Teavana guy brewed it wrong. I didn’t actually buy it so I never experimented with brewing time and temperature.

gschuschke said

I gotta say I really like the Golden Dragon Yellow from Teavana, who I don’t often buy from, but once a year this is on sale and I buy 2 oz.

You can use Starbucks rewards to get 1oz of it if you want to give it a try without spending $30

Zack S. said

gschuschke when is it on-sale?

Zack S. said

Nicole Martin, thats interesting. I tried to find info online, but I can’t seem to come up with anything. Is it a redemption reward for a certain amount of points or something?

Cool! Definitely checking it out!

I coincidentally came across this thread after studying and learning about yellow tea this week. Here is some info I shared on my Facebook page: Learning about yellow bud tea today. Holy smokes, would love to try this one:
Situated 15km off shore from the historical city of Yue Yang, Jun Shan Island is home to many household folklores of China, speaking to its rich history said to reach back to mythical times. This tiny island has a long association with tea, beginning with the Tang Dynasty over 1300 years ago. Jun Shan Yin Zhen, the most important tea produced on this island, achieved tribute tea status during the Qing Dynasty (1616 - 1912) with 9kg of tea demanded by the royal court every year. Due to a combination of the tea’s prestigious past, the very limited size of the island (only a single square kilometer!), and the fact that only one person in the whole world holds the secret to a crucial step in making this tea (he receives special government stipend for his expertise, with over 30 people helping him), Jun Shan Yin Zhen is hands down is THE most rare Chinese tea today. A bona fide modern tribute tea, the yearly harvest goes straight to governmental departments and is usually reserved to treat visiting diplomats. With limited market circulation, Jun Shan Yin Zhen’s price is stable, and very expensive.

AllanK said

Sounds good but nearly impossible to obtain.

I’ve only ever tried a yellow tea from Korea, which could be slightly different than as processed in China since they tend to vary from the normal Chinese styles there. I’ll include the research related blog post though, since most is from references about the more standard / Chinese version, along with a review of that tea, and a bit more on their processing that An Sonjae passed on (Brother Anthony, a South Korean tea expert). Trying one version as I did really means nothing but that one was a little odd, maybe closest to a white tea but different.

A vendor once described yellow tea as tasting like “white tea that’s gone old.” It sounds a bit negative put that way but there might be something to that, descriptive and not as negative as it sounds. It’s essentially just green tea with some form of wet piling (smothering, slow oxidation).

Thanks for the research information! Look forward to reading it!

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