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Huo Shan Huang Ya

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Yellow Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by Jesse Örö
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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  • “If I'm going to casually drink some tea, I usually walk to my shelf, reach out for something else, and then quite often in the end I pick up this tea. First I thought that this tea is a mere...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I feel slightly bad about stealing a lot of this tea from my boyfriend! Normally we don't drink the same tea (he's into Chinese greens), but I'll try at least a cup for curiosity. Well, this one...” Read full tasting note
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    Amethystia 44 tasting notes
  • “Definitely has the sweet corn notes that many yellow teas have, but has extra grassiness. Overall, mellow with a pleasant aftertaste. Prepared per instructions in a porcelain gaiwan using two...” Read full tasting note
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    teabrarian 15 tasting notes

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Huo Shan Huang Ya is a rare Yellow tea. This tea was used an Imperial tribute tea back in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The processing method of this tea was said to be lost and only to be re-discovered after the 70s. Since then, Huo Shan Huang Ya has been sent as tribute to many great leaders of China every year. This tea won the Commercial Products of Good Quality in 1990 and China’s Tea Cup in 1999, just to name a few.

Other names:
Mount Huo Yellow Sprout, Ya Cha

Taste:
The aroma and taste of this tea is a reminiscence of sweet corn. Very unique and refreshing.

Appearance:
Mixtures of downy single bud and one-bud-two-leaves varieties. When infused the liquor is yellowish green in color.

Origin:
Huo Shan, An Hui Province

Harvest Period:
Spring 2011

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30 tasting notes

If I’m going to casually drink some tea, I usually walk to my shelf, reach out for something else, and then quite often in the end I pick up this tea.

First I thought that this tea is a mere curiosity, it tasted so weird. It has light, spring-like sweetness, but also there is a weird taste which I am unable to name. I’ve found variations of that taste on Mengding Ganlu, and Amazing Green Tea’s Huang Shan Maofeng, but not this “weird”.

A sign of the quality of this tea is its ability to withstand temperature, I’ve been brewing this with water ranging from 70°C to boiled water, without a note of over-brewing. Also I have been steeping this for 5 minutes, waiting for leaves to sink. That works well, as well as five-second “washes” with hot water.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I feel slightly bad about stealing a lot of this tea from my boyfriend! Normally we don’t drink the same tea (he’s into Chinese greens), but I’ll try at least a cup for curiosity. Well, this one caught me by surprise.

This is the second yellow tea I’ve tried, so I can’t accurately make associations with other teas. It’s very nutty- a quality which I really, really love. It also has a corn-like taste to it. It almost reminds me of eating corn slathered with some butter (which I never add to corn interestingly enough). Otherwise, it’s pretty light and delicate, which I would expect from a Chinese tea, but it’s unique enough to hold my attention and warrant further exploration into Chinese territory. So far this tea beats all the Chinese greens I’ve had, though!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Definitely has the sweet corn notes that many yellow teas have, but has extra grassiness. Overall, mellow with a pleasant aftertaste. Prepared per instructions in a porcelain gaiwan using two heaping teaspoons of tea, 185’F water for 1 minute for the first two infusions, increasing time and temperature for subsequent infusions.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Roy Kenagy

Hey Nathan – Thanks for the postings! I’ve been kind of set in my tea ways for many years – you’ll give me some new paths to follow. -Roy

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