There is one very rare tea in a class all by itself, and you almost never hear of it -- yellow tea.
These categories are defined by how the teas are made / processed. According to Seven Cups:
"the process for making yellow tea is time consuming and difficult. Thus for the thousand kinds of green tea, there are only three kinds of yellow tea that survive today."
And apparently, because of the time and cost involved, many yellow teas are now being produced using green tea processing techniques. So how to know if you're actually drinking a TRUE yellow tea? And why bother?
Like white tea, yellow tea is very lightly oxidized. It has all the health qualities of green tea - and possibly better than green tea because yellow tea is felt to be easier on the stomach than green tea - but doesn't have the green "grassy" taste of green tea. The taste is milder, and is often described as being somewhere between white and green tea with a flowery, fresh aroma.
This I have to try.
The Seven Cups website has a tea shop with several yellow teas. I like a website that offers a ton of good information along with hard to find teas. Trust factor goes up, willingness to part with dollarettes goes up.
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