Yellow tea (Chinese: 黃茶; pinyin: huángchá) usually implies a special tea processed similarly to green tea, but with a slower drying phase, where the damp tea leaves are allowed to sit and yellow. The tea generally has a very yellow-green appearance and a smell different from both white tea and green tea. The smell is sometimes mistaken for black if the tea is cured with other herbs, but similarities in taste can still be noticed between yellow, green and white teas.
It can, however, also describe high-quality teas served at the Imperial court, although this can be applied to any form of imperially-served tea.
Varieties of yellow tea
- Junshan Yinzhen (君山銀針)
- from Hunan Province, China is a Silver Needle yellow tea. A Chinese Famous Tea.
- Huoshan Huangya (霍山黃牙): from Mt. Huo, Anhui Province, China.
- Meng Ding Huangya (蒙頂黃芽): from Mt. Meng, Sichuan Province, China.
- Da Ye Qing: from Guangdong Province, China. Literally Big Leaf Green.
- Huang Tang: from Zhejiang Province, China. Literally Yellow Broth or Yellow Soup.
- Song Yang Ying Hou Cha: "Silver Monkey’s Paw" is a rare tea from Zhejiang province.
- Huang Da Cha
- Huang Xiao Cha
- Beigang Mao Jian (北港毛尖): A yellow tea from Hunan province.