Yellow Tea

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Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 

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About Yellow Tea

Yellow-green Colored Tea Leaf
Ancient Yellow Sprout
from Rishi Tea
Yellow tea, Chinese huangcha(黃茶), is a class of teas usually considered distinct from green, black, white, and oolong teas, although much less well-known in comparison to these types. Sometimes yellow teas are classified as a subcategory of green teas, but we classify them in a category of their own due to the fact that their production process differs somewhat from green teas, and involves a slight oxidation. Sometimes, xue ya or snow buds, which RateTea classifies as a white tea, is classified as a yellow tea.

Cup of yellow tea and loose yellow tea leaf
Jun Shan Silver Needle
from Earthbound Tea
The production process for yellow teas is similar to that of green teas, but for yellow teas, there is an addition step in which the leaves are allowed to sit while damp, turning them yellow. Chemically, this is an oxidation process, like the process that would change tea to black tea, but because the leaves are not bruised and yellowing period is brief, the resulting oxidation is slight. Although yellow teas are an ancient style of tea, some companies, including Rishi Tea, sell newly developed styles of yellow tea.

Many yellow teas are considered rare teas, and can be very expensive. Most yellow tea is tippy tea, which contributes to its high price and limited supply. Yellow teas are produced almost exclusively in China, although there have been isolated experiments with producing yellow teas in other regions. Goomtee estate in Darjeeling, India produced a yellow tea in 2009, sold through Thunderbolt tea, which to our knowledge was the only yellow tea produced outside China that was widely available.

Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Yellow Tea

Best Yellow Tea

The notion of the "best" Yellow Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Huang Da Cha

Huang Da Cha

Brand:Unami
Style:Yellow Tea
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of ZG52: Huo Shan Yellow Buds

ZG52: Huo Shan Yellow Buds

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Huangya
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Huoshan Huang Ya Yellow Tea

Huoshan Huang Ya Yellow Tea

Brand:What-Cha
Style:Huangya
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea

Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Huangya
Region:Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Jun Shan Yin Zhen

Jun Shan Yin Zhen

Brand:Camellia Sinensis Tea House
Style:Junshan Yinzhen
Region:Hunan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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