Yellow tea is a rare variety of tea which is slowly gaining recognition in Western countries. It is produced only in China, where it has long traditions. As the name suggests, yellow tea has a yellow, golden appearance, both as unused tea leaves and as the finished, brewed tea.
Yellow tea is almost by definition a tea that is fermented, or oxidized, for longer than green tea is, but not completely oxidized like black or oolong tea. The drying phase is slower, and the damp tea leaves are left to take on a natural, light yellow color. Because the process of making proper yellow tea is tedious and time-consuming, this variety is the least produced and probably the least known of the teas. It is easier for the tea farmers to simply make green tea, which is perceived as more marketable. While not as prestigious as white tea, yellow tea is to this day very rare, even in China.
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