Shao Guan Huang Cha is a yellow tea from Shaoguan. Shaoguan is a prefecture-level city in northern Guangdong Province, South China, bordering Hunan to the northwest and Jiangxi to the northeast.
The large leaves of this tea are harvested in the middle of April. The plucking standard of this yellow tea is one bud with two or three leaves, characterized by brownish yellow leaves that are mixed with leaf stalks. Unlike most opulent teas that are stem free, for this yellow tea, the presence of stems is by design. The stems deliver extra sweetness and complexity reminiscent of wild strawberries. Much like the Japanese Kukicha, the stems impart this tea with extra sweetness due to naturally occurring sugars that are present in higher concentrations in the stems. The stems are young and fresh, they can be easily broken into pieces with fingers.
Processed with the traditional yellow tea technique, the infusion is light amber. Shao Guan Huang Cha has a very strong aroma of cooked nuts and butter cookies and hints of fresh straw. It is really tasty, with lots of toasty and a full, robust palate. Kind of similar to Japanese hojicha or genmaicha, but nuttier and toastier. It has a clean and refreshing mouthfeel.
Brewing Guide: 3g in 250ml water at 90°C for 2-3 minutes. Then separate leaves from the infusion. One amount of leaves can be brewed 3-5 times.