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Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea
Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea
Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea
Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea
Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea

Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea



Finally, one of our first yellow tea offerings from a region with a history of producing this uncommon category, this Mengding “huangda” offers an early green and slight vegetal flavour, which is balanced by brown sugar sweetness and smooth texture. This sweetness lasts long in the mouth, making this a fine choice when you need a little pick me up.

The material from this tea comes from Mengding qunti zhong lao chuan cha (old Sichuan varietal) that is traditionally processed. If you’re new to yellow tea, then you’re in for a treat. Initially, yellow tea is treated like green tea, undergoing withering and fixing, deactivates the enzymes in the leaves, being dried. It then achieves its unique character through a process called “men huang” (闷黄 – literally “seal yellow”).

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

The picking standard for this tea is 1 bud and 2-3 leaves. Personally, we prefer this picking-grade compared to something like an all-tip “huangya”. The presence of bigger, more developed leaves adds a little more depth and body, without being as sensitive as the more delicate higher grades in terms of how it’s brewed.

Brewing-wise, there is some flexibility. This can be a gentle and delicate tea, or slightly more aggressive tea, depending on how you brew it. If you choose to brew it gongfu style, we recommend a slightly higher ratio of 1g of tea : 20ml of water and 90c temperature for the water. Alternatively, you can brew this similarly to a green tea in a glass cup or pitcher by adding some cooler water (85c, about 1/3 full), then 3-4g of tea, stirring, and topping up with additional water and drinking once the leaves start to open up. We highly recommend adjusting these parameters to taste and feeling it out though.

For storage, this tea should also be kept sealed, with minimal exposure to oxygen and no exposure to light or fragrances, preferably at a low temperature of 18c or lower.


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4 reviews for Good as Gold 2021 Spring Mengding Yellow Tea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Cheong

    This tea is a lot more vegetal and rougher on the palate than conventional Mengding Huang Ya, the yellow tea of the same cultivar and region that uses the buds instead of the larger leaves.

  2. 4 out of 5

    gyokuro (verified owner)

    This tea has a noticeable vegetal taste that’s balanced well with a sudden and lingering sweetness. It almost “builds itself up” as a green tea on your pallet, with a very pleasant surprise of buttery-sweet body and finish.

  3. 5 out of 5

    meeme109 (verified owner)

    I’ve been very impressed with this tea. It has a delicate sweetness, plummy fruit flavor and lingering floral taste that is lovely. It does have a fair amount of green punch and bitterness and as it steeps out it tastes more like fresh green beans and green tea.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    This one is the first tea I drank in 2022! What an amazing start!
    //Leaves smell: steamed bun, fresh bread with butter on it, broth, orange flower blossom, a bit salty. This tea smells vegetal but without being too “green”. There’s a kind of floral dancong-like smell to it (lighter).
    //Texture: heavy and super thick that covers the entire mouth
    //Taste: Floral, vegetal, refined/delicate, homemade butter, steamed dumplings, salty with a gentle astringency
    //Body sensation: present moment, calm and awake


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