This tea is from the Shi Dan Farm in the city of Lu'an in the Huoshan Mountain Region of Anhui Province, China. Harvested in early April.
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.
Huoshan, Anhui Province, China