Review: Mark T. Wendell Huo Shan Yellow Sprouting Tea

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Thumbs up!"Similar to sencha, but with a milder, sweeter note. When iced, this tea tends to lose its nuances, so I would recommend enjoying it hot. "
Dan’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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Ah, yellow tea. That rare bird. Yellow tea is processed similar to green tea but with a slower drying process, which gives the leaves a yellow hue. Mark T. Wendell sources theirs from China’s Anhui province, thus leading me to believe this is probably the Huangshan Maofeng variety, which is one of the China Famous Teas – but I can’t be certain.

The dried leaves are needle-like, with a mix of deep green and pale yellow colors. Many of the leaves are tippy/downy buds. For some reason, I am compelled to munch on a few of the leaves, which crunch up nicely and reveal a potent cooling and sweet sensation with a long-lasting astringent bitterness on the finish. The aroma of the leaves is vegetal and grassy, with a bit of fresh-cut-meadow on the nose.

A 3 minute infusion results in a pale yellow liquor. During the steeping, the tightly wound leaves cling to the surface of the water, their tips hanging downward like an undersea garden. The few leaves that do unfurl during the process reveal a long, thin leaf. Aroma in the cup is slight. The flavor profile is quite similar to sencha, but with a milder, sweeter note. When iced, this tea tends to lose its nuances, so I would recommend enjoying it hot.

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