Review: Mark T. Wendell Huo Shan Yellow Sprouting Tea

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Thumbs up!"Honey, butter, asparagus, with a hint of berry."
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Yellow teas are rare enough they often get forgotten. Sometimes they're lumped in with other categories, often green teas, sometimes white, but they're their own distinct category. They're hard to find and priced accordingly, but if you want something unique, they're almost always worth the cost and trouble.

The leaves are beautiful dark green spears that smell vegetal and earthy. I steep 1 tablespoon per cup at 180° for 1.5 minutes. The pale yellow liquor smells vegetal and buttery; it's intriguing and beautiful, already making this tea a wonderful experience. It's mild but has a plethora of flavours, including honey, butter, asparagus, with a hint of berry. It's smooth, subtle, sweet, easy to drink, but it deserves focused attention as you partake.

The 3-minute second infusion is mild with a smooth texture and a minimalist creamy flavour. It has a simple flavour, especially compared to the first steep, with the vegetal taste downplayed and the other flavour notes lost. It's tasty despite its simplicity. If you crave a third steep, a 5-minute one is satisfactory, though it pales in comparison to the former infusions.

As usual for yellow teas, it's finicky. I was lucky with my first steep, but later on I tried a couple more, not putting in as much effort to making sure I used precise parameters, and I was disappointed. The cups weren't bad, but they weren't anything special, and this tea can definitely be special. It's high maintenance, but that doesn't bother me, as long as I give it the time it deserves.

If you're a lover of white leaves or more mild greens, this is right up that alley. As yellow teas go, this is extremely affordable, and it's unique enough, I'd say it's worth it.

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