Category Archives: Yellow Teas

Review: Harney & Sons Hu Shan Yellow Buds

Overall Rating:

Taste: Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves – this tea is a bit delicate

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Abby says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Yellow tea has been on my radar for a little while now, but somehow I hadn’t had the chance to try it until our trip to the Harney & Sons SoHo tea shop. Yellow tea is actually fermented white tea. With it you expect the lightness of a white tea with more earthy flavors brought out by the fermentation.

The Hu Shan Yellow Buds might be the prettiest tea I have ever seen! The beautiful white Harney & Sons tea cup (I couldn’t resist picking one up in the store) is the prefect canvas to show off the colorful radiance of this tea. In the cup it was light shade of yellow with a pale peach aura around the edge. I found practically no aroma, but a great taste. As expected it was very light with a hint of sweetness – easy to drink, yet had enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Taste: Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves – this tea is a bit delicate

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Katie says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes (about 6 minutes for 2nd steep)
Served: Nothing added

I’d like to echo Abby’s sentiment of prettiest tea ever! Can you tell by all of the photos that I took? In my glass tea jar when I tilt it from side to side the light reflecting off this tea has an almost iridescent look. Also, the leaves unfold during steeping to be quite lovely themselves.

Not to worry, this tea is more than just a pretty face. The flavor is clean like a white tea, but has more complexity from the fermentation. Like Abby, I had yet to try a yellow tea but I’m so glad that I did! Yellow tea, to me, is the best of green & white teas. I like green tea’s complexity but I also love that ‘clean’ taste of white tea. This yellow tea has that nice subtle complexity along with the delicate white tea flavor. Oh, and did we mention that it’s gorgeous? 😉

Note for steeping: this tea is a bit tricky. If you don’t steep it long enough it won’t have any flavor. Steep it too long and it will get bitter. I recommend using a good amount of tea leaves with a 4-5 minute steeping time. It will hold up to a second steep but will need 6+ minutes to reach a nice flavor.

Taste: Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves – this tea is a bit delicate

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