A young monk asked his teacher, the wise tea master Lao Cha:
— Sensei, if Buddha were to visit you, what would you treat him to?
— How can I amaze the Enlightened One? Perhaps but only with the Yellow Tea from Huo Mountain... The most delicious, gentle, and rare tea in the world. I’m sure that if Buddha were ever to visit me, it would be solely to get a taste of this tea.
Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea comes to life through a unique process that involves “heaping” to yellow the tea leaves. It is lightly fermented and gentler than green tea.
The fresh tea is hand-picked before Guyu, the 6th period of the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which usually begins on April 19. It’s standard practice to pick one bud with one leaf or one bud with two unopened leaves, where only the tips of the tea leaves are picked. Fresh leaves are covered for 24-48 hours in bamboo trays after being wok-fried and baked. The Huang Ya leaves are baked again over charcoal until 90% dry and softened for 3-7 days. During the last step of making Huang Ya, the tea gets quickly exposed to a charcoal fire to increase the aroma. This step is specifically unique to Lu An teas. The method for Huo Shan Huang Ya tea is someone repeatedly setting the bamboo tray of almost dried leaves over high fire. He then removes, flips, and repeats for hours.
Huo Shan Huang Ya is a lighter fermented yellow tea with notes resembling green tea, except rounder, sweeter, and less tannic. The strong chestnut flavor is the most significant characteristic of this tea. It’s highly recommended to use a Gaiwan when brewing to enjoy the strong fragrance and the delicious taste.
- Place of Origin: Taiyang Village (elevation above 800 meters), Huoshan, Anhui Province, China
- Harvest Date: April 2021
- The Standard of Plucking: One bud with one leaf, or one bud with two unopened leaves
- Dry Leaf: Straight strip with slightly spread out leaves, covered with abundant white tips; deep green and slightly yellow color
- Aroma: Chestnut, slightly grassy
- Taste: Sweet and nutty; crisp and at the same time well-rounded.
7g per 500ml 5-7min
7g per 110ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion