Review: Mark T. Wendell Huo Shan Yellow Sprouting Tea

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Thumbs up!"Very interesting tea. Imagine asparagus married to flowers. Highly recommended!"
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In my time with TeaViews I have had my eyes opened to many different styles of tea and while I found some that I didn't care for I have also found some that have become like best friends. Yet there was one style that I have had on my wish list for quite a long time. I have heard a lot about yellow tea but never had the opportunity to give it a try as this is one tea that is falling out of style. So of course when Mark T. Wendell offered me the opportunity to check out this style of tea, I jumped on it.

One thing that I really like about their website is that it contains a lot of info so I am going to share this information as it is written.
Welcome to our Yellow Tea selection. Yellow teas are unique to the high mountain regions of the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Hunan and Sichuan. Yellow tea varieties are manufactured by plucking the juiciest and most tender tea bud sets of the tea bush, basket-firing or pan-firing the leaves, smothering the leaves, and then finish-firing the batches. It is the smothering step that is unique to this tea, allowing a special flavor to develop. During the “sealing yellow” step, the lightly steamed leaf is removed from the heat source and covered with a cloth, encouraging the leaf to reabsorb its own aromatics and add a sweetness and fragrance to the leaf. An experienced tea master creates this unique hand crafted tea by constantly checking the tea’s smell, look and feel until it is just right. This craft is often passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, this type of tradition has been lost over the years, leading to lower product yield, essentially making this type of tea truly rare.

The leaves of this tea are a medium olive color and are quite flat and straight. In fact they feel as though they were ironed with starch. Any buds at all in my sample which did surprise me. The dry aroma reminds me of fresh spinach with a little bit of a floral fragrance tossed in.

I set up the leaves to brew as recommended using 180 degree water and a steep time of 1.5 minutes. The liquor is a pale gold and the aroma now reminds me of asparagus with a really light lilac perfume.

The taste is interesting. I don't normally care for teas with a vegetal flavor but I find this one to be really good. It does follow thru on the asparagus aroma yet it is cut with the sweetness of flowers. I am impressed and might pick myself up some as a birthday treat.

Visit Mark T. Wendell Teas for more information on this tea and many more from their extensive product catalogue.

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