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"Yellow Buds" Meng Ding Huang Ya Handmade Yellow Tea


In the gentle embrace of Mengding Mountain, a young disciple asked wise Lao Cha a question as they sipped the pale brew of Huang Ya tea.

– Master, why does this tea charm without the sharp bite of others?

Shifu Lao Cha smiled, his eyes twinkling like the morning dew.

– Just as a skilled dancer flows without a misstep, this yellow tea enchants with its smooth moves. It's a dance of heat and moisture during the yellowing process that rounds off any harsh edges, leaving a symphony of sweetness and a whisper of elegance in its wake.

Young disciple, tasting the tea again, noted the absence of bitterness, savoring the harmonious balance.

– So, it is the gentle art of transformation that gifts it such grace? – he asked.

– Exactly, my dear boy, – Lao Cha nodded. – Like a wise sage who speaks softly yet carries profound wisdom, this tea speaks with a subtle strength, making each sip a lesson in the beauty of gentle refinement.


Meng Ding Huang Ya is a rare and exquisite Yellow Tea grown in Mengding Mountain in the Sichuan province of China. Entirely hand-picked and processed, coming from a region with thousands of years of tea history, this elegant tea with strong Qi is a true work of art.

Mengding Huangya (蒙顶黄芽) is made using only the most tender raw material of the first spring tea. Tea farmers collect the leaves from an old local cultivar - Lao Chuancha (老川茶). The tea bushes were grown on the mountain slopes more than 70 years ago. They now grow freely, scattered on the hills, in a semi-wild state. Tea farmers carefully harvest and process the leaves by hand in small batches. After the withering and pan-frying, typical for green tea production, the leaves undergo "yellowing" (Men Huang – 闷黄) - a phase unique to Yellow Tea. The tea master wraps the leaves in paper or cloth in small batches and lets them rest. They then transform under the joint action of heat and moisture. The result is a truly exclusive, high-grade tea that will elevate your tea experience to the next level. The traditional handmade technology and skills of the tea master who produced it turn every cup into a memorable tea tasting.


Tea Master Yao makes Huang Ya Yellow Tea

Men Huang – yellowing tea, done by tea master Yao.


The history of Mengding Huangya is steeped in legend. According to one tale, during the Han dynasty, a legendary Taoist named Wu Lizhen went on a quest to find a tea that could help him reach immortality. He discovered the tea in the Mengding Mountain area of Sichuan, which is where the tea gets its name. Today, Mengding Huangya is still considered a treasure and is highly valued by tea enthusiasts worldwide.

When brewed, Mengding Huangya has a rich, delicate flavor that is both smooth and refreshing. The aroma is high and sweet, with hints of dried apricot, cocoa and honey. The tea has a mellow and velvety taste, with a subtle nutty undertone and a long, sweet finish. The liquor is a pale yellow, and its clarity is a testament to the tea's quality.

Mr. Yao, our tea master, has been producing tea for years, using labor-intensive, time-consuming traditional methods in an effort to preserve and transmit the region's cultural legacy and centuries-old tea-making custom. 

Our Mengding Huang Ya is a truly boutique tea, and its limited production makes it even more exclusive. Its delicate flavor profile and smooth finish make it the perfect tea to enjoy during a quiet moment or to share with friends and loved ones on a special occasion. 

Watch a short video about Yellow Tea

* Due to the limited quantity of the early spring harvest, the handmade processing and Master Yao's reputation, this tea is usually sold out on pre-booking, well before its actual processing. We at Path of Cha are lucky to secure just a couple of kilos.


  • Place of Origin: Mengding Mountain, Ya'an, Sichuan
  • Altitude: 1000m
  • Harvest Date: March 23, 2024
  • Picking Standard: single bud
  • Aroma: high and sweet, with hints of dried apricot, cocoa and honey
  • Taste: mellow and velvety, with a subtle nutty undertone and a long, sweet finish
  • Cultivar: Lao Chuan Cha (老川茶)

Brewing guidelines:

      185℉ / 85℃
1g per 50ml  3-4mi

    1g per 20ml   5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Brandon Storey
If you love tea, this is a must!

I know the price is high but this tea is absolutely worth a try! I have purchased it twice now because the tea is just divine. A perfect blend of sweetness and grassiness that comes together to create the most delicate and fragrant tea you will try. You can feel the passion and you will thank yourself later.

Cindy Watts
Amazing tea that got me tea drunk

I love all the teas of "Path of Cha" that I've tried, but this tea is outstanding! The price is high and I hesitated at first, but Misha convinced me to try it, and oh boy, I'm so happy that I did! The aroma is absolutely delightful and the taste is so rich. After the fifth or sixth infusion, I suddenly felt so relaxed and so blissful. I found myself smiling from ear to ear and all the stress just disappeared. I am familiar with the term "tea drunk" but never experienced it myself. Now I know what it feels like:) This tea is not your everyday drinker, but I just ordered 100g of it to spoil myself from time to time.

Thank you, Misha, for recommending this tea to me! You, guys, rock and your teas are amazing!


Absolutely love this one

Tea Maven

Exceeds expectations. The flavor profile is described well enough in the previous two reviews. I can only say this is an exceptionally wonderful tea. I generally prefer green teas to yellow-- but this one is an exception. I wish I had bought more-- and I will buy more.

Deep roasted dragon well

This tea was fantastic! It is deliciously thick and velvety. The best way I can describe this tea is that of a dragonwell that has a deeper toasted flavor. The taste is nutty, sweet and delicate.