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2020 Mingqian Guangdong DaYeQing Yellow Tea (50g)

2020 Mingqian Guangdong DaYeQing Yellow Tea (50g)

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September 1st, 2020

I only discovered this yellow tea in 2018: 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 this year's tea now offers a lovely fruity flavor with mellowed green tea notes if brewed hotter. This is a very smooth tea! 

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 pekoe (hairs) from the leaves in the bag, which is lovely to see! The dry leaves smell of sweet Japanese grape, blueberry and raspberry.

I tested this tea on August 31st, 2020 and was surprised to get a fair bit of umami on the nose and the palate. The umami is less intense than with sencha, and feels much more balanced. I also noticed huitian (returning sweetness on the palate), which I don't recall from previous years. This is more complex than most Chinese green teas, but mellower. I detected some cantaloupe (a note I associate with oxidation in oolong and pu erh), along with berries and Japanese grape in the aftertaste. 

Toward the end of the session, more savory (but mellower) green tea notes became dominant.

The sweet aromatics in this tea linger on the palate for a good, long time. I get very good calming energy from this tea, so this is a tea I'm always happy to drink!

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

Brewing suggestion: 80 Celsius for three minutes. Use 2-3g 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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