My Life as A Tea Leaf

Friday, August 11, 2006

Yellow Tea - Two Tastings of Mengding Huangya

One of this tea is not like the other
One of this tea just doesn't belong
Can you tell which tea is not like the other
By the time I finish my song?

Did you guess which tea was not like the other?
Did you guess which tea just doesn't belong?
If you guessed this tea is not like the other,
Then you're absolutely...wrong!


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Yellow Tea - Junshan Yinzhen

Junshan Yinzhen is listed as one of the 10 most famous tea from China. It is a yellow tea from the Junshan island in Dongting lake located in Hunan. In the recent years however, Junshan Yinzhen is being sold as a green tea - the knowledgeable vendor will tell the customer so, but the less knowledgeable vendor might continue to sell it as a yellow tea, and rake in more profit.

Unlike the green tea version, a true Junshan Yinzhen would be buds and shoots covered in yellowish down; this yellowish tinge in the leaves are caused by short post-fermentation. Each shoot is a voluptuous little lady covered in a yellow mink coat. ..