Yellow tea is a rare variety of loose leaf tea, with the least amount of production and with very few regions producing it.
Yellow Tea is a step up from green tea, being made through the process of micro-fermenting. The technique involves the wok fry process – very much like in green tea production, but for a shorter duration at a reduced temperature. The tea leaf, being only partially dried, traps the moisture inside, which allows it to oxidize and ferment the tea to various degrees – “yellowing” the leaves.
Being by far the rarest in China’s six tea categories, yellow tea, however, is an essential part of China’s long-lived tea tradition and is frequently featured among China’s ‘Ten Famous Teas’ list. Despite its rarity and low availability yellow tea is, due to its admiration and rich history, one of the best documented and studied loose leaf teas.