This is the smallest tea category and, until recently, this tea wasn’t even allowed to be exported out of the only country that produces it.
Yellow tea is considered a rare tea with a unique taste and aroma. It is produced similarly to Green tea, but it undergoes an additional “simmering” production stage, this is when the tea acquires its characteristic flavour profile. Only the most experienced tea technicians are allowed to carry out this stage of production – during the process they rely only on their nose to determine when the tea aroma has reached the right point.
Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Silver needles from the Mountain of Immortals) has recently become a part of our tea collection. This Yellow tea comes from tea bushes that grow on a small island in lake Dongting in Hunan province, China. The climate there is mild and there is a lot of fog. Only young tea buds are used to make this tea. The buds are very carefully selected and they must adhere to strict criteria. For Jun Shan Yin Zhen the “simmering” production stage means that the raw material is kept in trays at a certain temperature level for 70 hours. It is produced in small quantities and is hard to come back.
Jun Shan Yin Zhen has a special flavour that includes floral, grassy and frankincense notes. The aroma is deep, warm, voluminous, yet somehow translucent. It is similar to that of a wildflower field in the summer, with hints of rose and smokiness lingering in the background. The subtle smokiness is a small reminder that the tea was heated using wood. It gifts many associations, but you can never really hang on to them, they melt away too quickly. Perfect for a special occasion.