Goldrush 2018 Spring Jinggu Yellow Tea



Although Yellow Tea is considered one of the six main categories of tea, it’s not as commonly found or mentioned, even within China. Provinces like Hunan, Anhui and Sichuan tend to be bigger producers of yellow tea, which makes our Goldrush yellow tea particularly unique, as it’s produced right here in Yunnan.

Just as with our 2016 version, this yellow tea uses Jing Gu large leaf material. However, this year’s production is significantly more bud-heavy by comparison, resulting in a somewhat brighter, greener taste.

Yellow tea’s processing is quite close to green tea’s, but has a key step added. As with green tea, yellow tea undergoes withering and then fixing (to deactivate enzymes in the leaves), but adds another step called “men huang” (闷黄 – literally “seal yellow”) before being dried.

The process of men huang involves wrapping the leaves in cloth or paper and allowing them to sit, facilitating further non-enzymatic oxidation. This crucial step adds significant cost and labour, but is what produces this tea’s yellow colour and smooth, sweet character, while at the same time diminishing bitterness and vegetal qualities.

This tea has a smooth and refreshing character. Its sweetness is noticeable and lasting, with a pleasant, yet grounded fragrance. We highly recommend this tea for those who enjoy the grassier, vegetal qualities of green tea, but would like a smoother overall profile.

Please note that larger sizes (100-250g) do not include a tin, but will be packed inside air tubes to prevent breakage.


Additional information

Weight50 g
Dimensions8 × 4 × 1 cm

4 reviews for Goldrush 2018 Spring Jinggu Yellow Tea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (verified owner)

    This tea is so unique and gorgeous. The leaves are in impeccable condition, and no photo does them justice.

    This was my first yellow tea, and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. It reminds me a nutty Yunnan Assamica oolong I tried years ago that had a distinct nutty character, but there’s also elements of green tea and raw pu’er tea in there as well. Very interesting and enjoyable sessions.

    I definitely recommend this to anyone, but especially if you lean a little towards raw pu’er purism because it shows a dimension of Yunnan tea that will feel familiar but simultaneously unique.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael (verified owner)

    A lightly grassy and floral aroma. Distinct notes of honey, hay, honeysuckle and camomile. The same complexity as upper tier Chinese and Korean greens, with added sweet stonefruit notes to contrast with the usual florality of greens. As a previous review mentions, there is some sheng herbaceousness present here. Greatly enjoyable brewed casually, with a ratio of 1g to 50ml of 80-90*C water. Lasted many infusions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jane (verified owner)

    I first encountered this tea at the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle at a scheduled tea tasting, and immediately fell in love. This has become one of my favorite teas, and have already ordered more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris

    //Eyes dry leaf
    Extra-large leaves almost not twisted

    //Nose dry leaf
    Morning freshness, hay under the sun, light sweetness

    //Nose wet leaf
    Wet hay because of the morning dew. Sugary/salty dessert with dried grapes. Intriguing mix

    //Eyes liquor
    Yellowish liquor, cream like, ripe banana

    //Mouth texture
    Medium to thick texture that brings freshness in the mouth. Vivid mouth coating.

    //Mouth taste
    Creamy and sweet like an homemande pudding. Refine, Summery, Lightly perfumed

    //Nose empty cup
    (Hot) vanilla and butter madeleines. Rosted nuts

    //Eyes wet Leaf
    Long green mate leaves

    //Body sensation
    Heat generation, pensive mind

    //Brewing notes
    1 gram per 20mL | 90C water
    Infusion 1 : 10 seconds
    Infusion 2 : + 5 seconds

    //Overall impression
    I LOVE IT! Amazing experience. Recommand anytime!

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