Goldrush 2016 Jinggu Yellow Tea

Tea type
Yellow Tea
Ingredients
Yellow Tea Leaves
Flavors
Cotton Candy, Honey, Sweet, Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Floral, Nectar, Smoke, Smooth, Wood, Apple, Dried Fruit, Mushrooms, Vegetal
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 95 ml

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  • “Leaves are long, kind of like loose pu erh. I wasn’t sure what to expect even though I had other yellow teas before. First steep… OMG It’s cotton candy!! Literally the only thing I can think about....” Read full tasting note
    95
  • “This is a cool looking tea. The leaves are super soft and bright gold with long thin tendrils. The aroma is quite nice with Sweet honey and yellow fruits. I feel that this scent reminds me of...” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “Dry leaf: An amazing and wonderful dried apricot/apple smell along with a dried shitake mushroom layer. Large, long, slender material. Taste: Light vegetal, light woodsy, at about the 5th steep...” Read full tasting note
    80

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Although Yellow Tea is considered one of the six main categories of tea, it’s not as commonly found or mentioned, even within China. Provinces like Hunan, Anhui and Sichuan tend to be bigger producers of yellow tea, which makes our Goldrush yellow tea particularly unusual, as it’s the only yellow tea we’ve come across that’s produced here in Yunnan. Using Jing Gu large leaf material, this tea highly resembles puer mao cha, with long, spindly 2 leaf 1 bud plucks that are covered in fine yellow hairs.

Yellow tea’s processing is quite close to green tea’s, but has a key step added. As with green tea, yellow tea undergoes withering and then fixing (to deactivate enzymes in the leaves), but adds another step called “men huang” (闷黄 – literally “seal yellow”) before being dried.

The process of men huang involves wrapping the leaves in cloth or paper and allowing them to sit, facilitating further non-enzymatic oxidation. This crucial step adds significant cost and labour, but is what produces this tea’s yellow colour and smooth, sweet character, while at the same time diminishing bitterness and vegetal qualities.

Over 3 years of research and testing went into the processing procedure for this tea, which we feel has come through with great results. This tea has a smooth and refreshing character. Its sweetness is noticeable and lasting, with a pleasant, yet grounded fragrance. This is a tea we recommend anyone try, as we doubt you will find another quite like it.

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95
27 tasting notes

Leaves are long, kind of like loose pu erh. I wasn’t sure what to expect even though I had other yellow teas before.

First steep… OMG It’s cotton candy!! Literally the only thing I can think about. I was so shocked that I had to keep going and see if the taste continues.

Future steeps are still very sweet… reminds me of the honey taste of sheng, but it’s more forefront and cotton candy-like.

Very interesting since I’m more used to green tea having umami flavors and being malty. This is a pleasant surprise, and I would definitely repurchase!

Flavors: Cotton Candy, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
2 g 2 OZ / 55 ML

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79
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This is a cool looking tea. The leaves are super soft and bright gold with long thin tendrils. The aroma is quite nice with Sweet honey and yellow fruits. I feel that this scent reminds me of jignmai puer; except this has a lot higher intensity of scents. I warm up my gaiwan and slip some inside. I brewed this normal at first, then I increased to rather heavy. The warmed gold threads give off a hearty bbq ribs aroma with some high savory notes. I can also hint at some burnt sugar. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The taste begins soft and woody. I can pick up some light astringency. The body is fairly thick with a decent hearty sweetness. The flavor is lasting and a long sweet aftertaste. The brew goes down quite easily, and it is a nice smooth drinker. However, the brew does get quite stale bitter after about four steeps. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it!

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Flavors: Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Floral, Honey, Nectar, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
andresito

maybe avoid the wash and brew it like long jing. my understanding is yellow teas don’t tend to have the longevity of 10+ steeps like puerh…even though it says so on website

Haveteawilltravel

I wash out of habit, and I believe it washes any funk off the leaves.

I also believe that yellow teas don’t last that long. I have a few, and I get two steeps tops.

It also states on the site that it will be sweeter if brewed with lower temp, but I prefer to use hot water.

McNally

I like to rinse most teas as well – with something this delicate, a super quick flash rinse. I got about 6 excellent steeps out of this tea, but I was brewing at a cooler temp.

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Dry leaf: An amazing and wonderful dried apricot/apple smell along with a dried shitake mushroom layer. Large, long, slender material.

Taste: Light vegetal, light woodsy, at about the 5th steep I detected a touch of honey and some spice. Light sweetness, smooth. Died off at about the 6th steep but I kept pushing it and got a couple more good cups out of it.

Liquor: Pleasing light to medium mouthfeel. Very light yellow gold color.

Spent leaf: Solid yellow olive green color. No discoloration. Large leaves. Bud and 2 leaves with fairly long stems.

Vessel: 110ml gaiwan. (actual water 90-100ml)

This tea is very light, as you would expect with a yellow tea, but was pleasant and enjoyable. The clover honey traits of a white tea parallel with a slight forest overtone. The next time around, I plan to push it with a higher leaf to water ratio to see what I get. As recommended, I did not use my strainer. The first smell of the dry leaf in the bag was a very memorable moment!

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Dried Fruit, Mushrooms, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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