Origin: Yuan’an, Yichang, in the Hubei Province
Harvest: 2022 spring tea, Yellow big tea varieties, the picking time is 15 days before and after the Qingming Festival. The picking standard is one bud and one leaf or one bud and two leaves,
use covered tea bowl or glass to brew 3-6 rounds and above (85’C,1-3mins)
- dry tea color is yellow and green, the shape is tight, curly, circular, show raised scorched points as big as roe
- the soup is apricot yellow, clean and bright
- the taste is fresh and mellow, sweet aftertaste
- high and lasting fragrance, like roasted chestnuts’ smell
- wet leaves is symmetrical and bright
Yuan’an, Hubei Province, the hometown of Lei Zu, has a long history of tea planting. It is known as “the first county in Luyu’s <Tea Classics>”. It is a famous yellow tea producing area in China. The unique Danxia landform breeds the unique Yuan’an yellow tea. Yuanan yellow tea, represented by Luyuan tea, has a history of nearly 800 years. Luyuan tea was selected as tribute tea during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. It has been rated as “national famous tea” for many times because of its distinctive characteristics such as orchid fragrance, color, delicious mellow and so on.
In 1966, the techniques of picking, making and storage of Yuan’an yellow tea were incorporated into the book of tea making, a trial teaching material for national agricultural colleges and universities by Anhui Agricultural University. In 1985, it was incorporated into the anthology of research on Chinese famous tea again, resulting in the inheritance and development of the long and rich cultural and natural culture of Yuan’an yellow tea.
The landform of Yuan’an yellow tea production area is a combination of mountains, hills, valleys and alluvial plains. The soil texture is good, the sand viscosity is reasonable, and the pH is moderate. Yuan’an yellow tea planting area is below 800 meters above sea level, with continuous mountains, clouds and mist, crisscross streams, scattered tea gardens, and unique natural ecological environment. It is suitable for the growth of yellow tea.
The production technology of Yuan’an yellow tea is a combination of traditional technology and modern technology, with fine technology and unique style. The production process is divided into six processes: killing green, first stuffy, frying second green, stuffy stacking, picking and frying dry. Yuan‘an yellow tea has typical characteristics of internal quality, including tea polyphenols ≥ 15%, caffeine (calculated on dry basis) ≥ 2.5% and free amino acids ≥ 2%.