Imperial Yellow Buds
Many people will say there are 5 types of teas. But really there are six. The orphan of the bunch is yellow tea. Yellow certainly doesn’t deserve to be on the outside. And when we can come across a yellow tea we always snap it up because it is so good. Like a sheng pu-erh, yellow tea starts out as a green tea. However, just before the tea, which is still warm and slightly moist from previous processes, is to be dried it is covered for a specified amount of time to allow for a light oxidation. Then it is dried. This process removes some of the astringency found in green teas so that you get an aromatic, smooth, sweet tasting tea.
Use 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water. Generally this works out to 1 teaspoon per every 6 ounces of water. Steep for 3 minutes with 180-degree water.