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SOLD OUT 2018 Mingqian Guangdong DaYeQing Yellow Tea (50g)

SOLD OUT 2018 Mingqian Guangdong DaYeQing Yellow Tea (50g)

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May 22nd 2018: This tea now has lovely sweet cantaloupe notes!

I only discovered this yellow tea several weeks ago: it is a Guangdong speciality and supposedly the least yellow of all of China's yellow teas. This tea was produced in the traditional manner, and the flavor is excellent! The rough edge many green teas have has been oxidized away, and the tea offers a mellow, light and almost caramel-like flavor, along with a very smooth drinking experience and a surprisingly powerful calming energy. This is the most calming of the Mingqian teas I've tried this year! 

This tea was produced near Zhaoqing, Guangdong, in the north of the province. Zhaoqing is only 183 km (117 miles) from Hong Kong! The tea was grown in plantations well above the city in a protected area. While many Hongkongers can trace their ancestry back to Guangdong, very few have probably ever heard of this tea, which is a regional specialty and rarely sold outside the area it is produced.

This tea may look like a green tea at first glance, but the yellow tea processing is immediately evident in the cup. There is a lot of fine fuzz from the fresh leaves among the leaves, which is lovely to see! The dry leaves smell both grassy and sweet. 

The tea has surprising natural sweetness (definitely sweeter than any of the Mingqian greens I've tried so far from 2018) and the flavor lingers on the palate for a good, long time. While the flavor is mild, both the flavor and sweetness are very much present ten minutes after the session, and I feel the calming effect for a good while after! The bean-like/grassy flavors common to green tea are not present in this tea. The profound calming effect this tea has on me is a huge selling point for me, and I suggest everyone who likes green teas give this yellow tea a try!

I only have nine 50g packs of this tea available at this time.

Brewing suggestion: 80-90 degrees Celsius for three minutes. Use 1.5 - 2 teaspoons for 150ml. Refill at the 50% mark with water at the same temperature. I used a gaiwan for this tea, as I would for green tea, and drank directly from the gaiwan.

Wholesale quantities of this tea are available, but I suggest moving fast as quantities are limited and this tea is best fresh! Please contact me for more information.

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