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Houshan Yellow Buds

New Mexico Tea Company
  • Spoon 1 tsp Per Cup
  • Kettle 175°F
  • Timer 2-3 Min

Hot Tea Brewing Instructions:

Bring spring or filtered drinking water to 175°F in a kettle. Add 1 tsp of tea leafs to a cup. Always pour boiling water over tea leafs and let steep 2-3 minutes.

Any of these variables can be changed to suit your particular palate, so experiment! Many teas can be steeped multiple times (especially green, white, and oolong). When steeping a tea multiple times increase the length of steep time slightly with each successive infusion.

Iced Tea Brewing Instructions:

1) Hot water method: For 1 gallon of iced tea, bring half a gallon of filtered water to boil in a pot. Turn off heat, and add 3 tablespoons (1 oz of tea), let steep for 2-3 minutes. Strain the tea into the other half gallon of cool water and refrigerate. If you want to serve immediately, you can pour the concentrate over ice to cool and dilute, then pour over ice again.

2) Sun tea: use a glass container and add 1 tsp of loose tea of each cup of water directly into the jug. Then set in the sun for a few hours, tasting occasionally to get the desired strength.

3) Cold brew: The slow cold-water-steeping method extracts natural sweetness and flavor from the tea leaf. It lessens the bitterness and tangy-ness produced by tannic acid so your tea tastes smooth and mild. Add 1 tsp of tea per cup of cold water and put in the refrigerator. When the water is chilled, your tea will be ready!

Price: $6.75

Free Sample (one total per month)
4oz(20% off)$20.00
8oz(35% off)$32.50
16oz(45% off)$55.00
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Gift Tin w/ Label$4.00Hold approx. 2oz. of this tea.
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Label Art

This tea is from the Shi Dan Farm in the city of Lu'an.

Region Huoshan, LuAn, Anhui

Harvested in Early April

Elevation Huoshan Mountain 800m

The yellow tea process is like none other. The process starts with the highest quality of tea and uncovers the unique and fancier shades of flavor. In early April the bud is hand-picked from the tea plant. Next, a withering stage is begun where the buds rest in the sun for up to 2 hours and in the shade for up to 5 hours to draw out the excess moisture. The tea is then fried for the first time in very small batches where a cook manipulates the buds making sure that they don't heat over too quickly or over 240 degrees. This is truly where yellow tea begins and differs from the green tea process. Next, the buds are spread in thin layers in special baskets where they are placed over smoldering charcoal pits to slowly raise the temperature again. Once the buds reach the desired temperature they are removed from the pit and smothered with canvas for 24 hours. This pit firing and smothering will take place three times for each batch. After the 72 hours of processing, the leaves reach the final yellow color and now are ready to be made into the uniquely flavored hot cup of tea.


Yellow Tea,


Huoshan, Anhui Province, China



4 Stars

Nice smooth yellow tea with a subtle taste. I would recommend a long steep time than suggested and using a big tea pot to give the leaves room to unfurl


5 Stars



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