Would you pay 100 USD for 50 g of a tea? If you are really into tea, you probably will pay this amount for an aged pu-erh or some rare oolong tea. Well, actually there are some yellow teas out there that cost a fortune like this one.
I only bought a sample size (3 g) and contemplated it for 3 weeks. Is it or is it not worth it? I still cannot tell, but it was a pleasant experience.
These beautiful buds were picked in early Spring from the tea gardens with an altitude of 1100 meters. To process this tea, it took the master a week. Just to give you some context an artisanal pan-fired green tea can be processed in a few hours if not shorter. So, yes, it is a very labour intensive tea, and this explains its high prices. Secondly, there are not many yellow tea masters out there. This is the second reason that makes this tea unique.
I thought the taste was delicate and pleasant. But I did not find it extraordinary. The aromas of this tea were exceptional. I sniffed the empty cup for very long. Actually, most teas have beautiful aromas, but very few teas leave their scents in the teacup or fairness cup. So far, I only experienced the latter with various teas from Yunnan (mostly palace Puerh) and this yellow tea. It was faint but present and made me smile.
The seller suggests that this yellow tea from Meng Ding Mountain is suitable for ageing. It is a pity, I won’t be able to age it as I have nothing left my 3 g cost a fortune sample.
Origin: Meng Ding Mountain, Sichuan, China
Harvest time: Early spring 2020
Leaf colour: Green buds with silver fuzz
Liquor colour: Faint yellow
Tea aroma: Floral
Tea taste: Mellow, slightly sweet, floral with a lingering finish
Steeping/brewing: Place 3 g of this tea in a teapot and add about 100 ml water at around 90°C. Rinse after 3 sec. Steep for 10 seconds for the second time and increase the consecutive steeping time by 5 seconds each time. You can steep this tea about four or five times.
Shelf life: Can be aged.