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Huoshan Huangya Organic Yellow Tea - Spring 2020

3 reviews

An elegant organic yellow tea with a nutty and floral character. 

LEAF: Delicate and long, finely shaped, with one leaf and a bud. Enticing aroma of sweet floral and chestnut emanate.

WET LEAF: You can see the fine picking more clearly here - one leaf and bud. Floral nutty notes with savory hints on the nose.

CUP: Pale greenish liquor with vegetal (buttered baby spinach) and floral notes. Soft body with nutty and vegetal layers blending to make a very satisfying cup. A sweet and slightly brisk finish. No bitterness. Second steep when preparing tea in western style is equally enjoyable as first.


   1 level tbsp or 3 gm per 8 oz cup

   176 F

   3-5  mins second steep


Houshan, Anhui Province, China
Manufacture: Early April 2020
Cultivar: Da Hua Ping Jin Ji Zhong 


Processing yellow tea is a very demanding on the skills of the tea maker. While the process starts of like green tea, the leaf have to be "smothered" couple of times that causes a slight oxidation. For smothering the leaves are wrapped in bags. However in the case of Huoshan Huangya the following steps are undertaken:

  • Kill Green, or toss in heated woks.
  • Bake over charcoal embers 
  • Spread and cover the leaves in bamboo trays 24-48 hrs
  • Bake again over charcoal embers
  • Rest in bamboo baskets for 3-7 days to soften

The process of making Huoshan Huangya date back to as early as Han Dynasty (202BC - 220AD) but in modern times this particular tea had fallen in disfavor and believed to be "lost." Luckily, it was revived in 1973 by three distinguished tea experts who pored into ancient documents that contained the methods of making Huoshan Huangya.    






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I really get the buttered spinach notes. Sounds strange, but it’s delicious. It’s the kind of tea I make when I don’t know what to have. Nice all-rounder for any kind of mood, situation. I like that the finish is slightly brisk; it goes nicely with mildly fatty foods and subtle flavors. I think this is a tea I will always have on hand, and that’s saying something because my collection is as large as it can be.

Happy Earth Tea

Delighted to hear you're enjoy our yellow tea. We've grown to love it too. Stay well Jodie!

Holly G.
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Yellow Tea, hmm i wonder.

I was intrigued by the description of this tea. So i took a chance and ordered. What a great decision i made. This tea is so yummy. What a pleasure,

Happy Earth Tea

Delighted to hear you're enjoying our yellow tea Holly. It has a special quality to it! Thanks for taking a chance on it!!

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Kaitlin V.
A Biodynamic Beauty

This tea transports to a different time and place. I'm so pleased with it and it is such a treat to be able to support a local business who it supporting such wonderful farming techniques throughout the world. Mug cheers to you, Happy Earth!

Happy Earth Tea

Cheers, Kaitlin! Thank you for your kind review, and for the amazing work you do in the farming world. See you soon again! :)