Meng Ding Huang Ya


$ 12.00




This rare tea comes from Meng Ding Mountain, which is one of the cradles of tea cultivation and the first place from which a “Tribute Tea” was designated by the Tang Dynasty (618-970AD) royal court.

Yellow tea is uncommon due to the highly labor-intensive processing required. First of all, it is a bud-tea, which requires diligent and skilled pickers as well as a vast quantity of buds just to make a kilo of tea. Second, the unique “men-huan”, or smothering, step after frying in a wok is time-consuming. And finally, it requires a teamaster skilled in this type of tea.

Little known in the west but highly prized in China, yellow tea is said to be gentler to people whose stomachs tend to get upset from green tea. This tea is beautiful to behold while infusing, try it in a clear tea maker at some point. Also, don’t forget to admire the beautiful reconstituted buds of the spent tea.

Provenance:

  • Origin: Meng Ding Mountain, Yu An City, Ming Shan county, Sichuan, China
  • Elevation: 1000m
  • Grower/Teamaster: Li Hui
  • Harvest Date: March 2015
  • Cultivar: Ming Shan #9
  • Cultivation: Natural (Organic, no cert.)
  • Plucking Standard: Buds with 15% 1 bud to 1 leaf mixed in
  • Processing Notes: Similar to the green tea process with an additional "men-huan", or smothering step
  • Nickname: Yellow Buds
  • History/Pedigree: Meng Ding Mountain is where the first tea bushes were cultivated, starting in the Han Dynasty(206BC-220AD). Yellow tea was first produced in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). A Tang Dynasty Tribute Tea.

Brewing Suggestions1:

  • Water: 165˚-175˚F
  • Tea: 2g per 4oz of water (about a level 2 tsp2)
  • Infusion: 2 minutes with 2-3 infusions

Tasting Notes:

  • Light, floral aroma with a delicate flavor reminiscent of the lightest green teas.

 

1 Brewing suggestions are just that. Try it the suggested way then experiment. I would not venture over 185˚ with this tea. Some tea drinkers like to use slightly hotter and longer times for each subsequent infusion.

2 Weighing your tea is always the best way to control your dosage. I provide approximate volume measures for convenience but they can be problematic due to the variance in tea leaf shape and size. It’s best to use the single appropriate volume measure for the tea, i.e., don’t try to measure 1.5TB using two spoons meant to measure 1 TB and a ½ TB. Use an actual 1.5 TB measuring spoon. Yes, they make them! I like the oblong ones to handle longer leaf styles.


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