We are proud to offer a Certified Organic Black Tea from Yunnan. This tea was grown in the area of Simao and was harvested in Late-April.
This is a 2 leaf to 1 bud plucked Yellow Tea (1芽2叶黄茶) made from a 50/50 blend Yunkang #10, and Xue Ya #100 varietals growing at and altitude 1300 meters (4300 feet) on the southern slope Ma Wei Mountain (just west of Pu'Er City). Fresh leaves from both varietals are picked and blended together before processing. The blend of the two varietals gives a balanced complex taste and increases the number of steeps that the tea can be brewed.
The processing is similar to black tea with sun withering, rolling, oxidization, and finally drying. The main difference between the Yellow tea and Black tea processing done by our organic tea growers is the sun withering stage and the oxidization stage are quite a bit shorter for the Yellow tea. You will notice the dry leaf of the Yellow tea is tending to be more grey and less gold as compared to our Pure Bud Black Tea, and the brewed tea soup is more yellow-gold (as opposed to gold-orange) and the brewed leaves are more greenish.
Our Yunnan Yellow Tea is incredibly sweet and complex, with floral and chocolate notes and almost Dan Cong oolong-like taste and aroma! This tea can be brewed 6 to 8 times gong fu style. We recommend using 85-90C water and brewing gong fu style to gradually coax out the flavors and aromas while avoiding astringent flavors.
Our Yunnan Sourcing Certified Organic teas are certified organic by EcoCert SA and are certified organic to international standards (EcoCert is IFOAM accredited).
To see pictures of the organic plantation where this tea is grown click here!
Late April Harvest and Processing