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Newsletter #39: The Color of Tea - Yellow! (Offer to End 31 January 2011)
January 18, 2011


Solving Problems Every Tea Drinker Faces

18 January 2011 Issue #39:


>> The Color of Tea - Yellow! (Offer to End 31 January 2011)


The Chinese people classified teas according to its color. In ascending order, they are:

- White
- Yellow
- Green
- Oolong (mixture of green and red)
- Red

We will start with green tea first, then move on to the mysterious yellow!

Misconceptions #1: Which part is green?
It is important to note that tea color refers mostly to the color of the wet tea leaves, not the color of dry tea, not the color of tea liquor.

Take green tea for an example. I have come across dry green teas which are white, gray, yellow, green and even black. However, soak them in hot water, they become green! This is why it is green tea.

Misconceptions #2: Greener means higher quality?
Many people say Japanese green tea is higher quality because the tea liquor is greener. "A sign of higher level of chlorophyll," they say.

This is a misconception. Greener doesn't mean better.

Japanese green tea has emerald green liquor because the tea leaves have been steamed, not roasted. It is the making process that causes the liquor to be greener. It doesn't mean greener is inherently better.

Ask them a couple of questions:

- Can you see the quality of tea buds in Japanese green tea?

You can never be sure, because all you see are tea fragments, rather than complete tea buds.

- How much more chlorophyll do Japanese green tea contain? Is it enough to make a difference?

According to this study, 3 grams of green tea contains only 7 milligrams of chlorophyll. The amount of chlorophyll tea contains is too small to make any difference. One ounce of spinach could contain 100 times as much!

Introducing the yellow tea!
Yellow tea such as the Mengding Yellow Buds are only slightly oxidized. They have very similar chemical composition to green tea.

Yellow Tea - Mengding Huangya (Yellow Buds)

Why is it called yellow?

When making a green tea, high heat is applied to kill the tea enzymes to halt the oxidation process. If roasting temperature is too low, or the subsequent cooling lacks ventilation, the tea leaves will turn yellow.

This yellow-ing is a form of "wet oxidation", in the same way that tea reddens when it oxidizes to make oolong or black tea.

Mengding Yellow Buds offer begins!
We launched this tea in spring 2010, but never had the opportunity to explain her properly. Widely recognized as one of the top three yellow teas in China, she comes from the magical Meng Mountain of Sichuan province.

The tea buds - which are a beautiful one-bud-and-two-leaves - are a pure pleasure to behold. Pour boiling water in glass and watch how they defy gravity and stay suspended mid-water.

If I don't tell you she is a yellow tea, you won't guess. The only clue she gives away is the tea liquor color, which is a beautiful yellow.

The body is medium rich with a pleasant vegetal taste. The aftertaste is long and lasting.

How do you get the 15% discount? Simply enter promotional code huangya15 during checkout. Or click on the link below to buy. Offer expires on 31 January.

Amazing Green Tea Shop

I hope this helps? Any thoughts on this matter? Reply to this email!

Julian Tai

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