Huoshan Huangya is a high grade yellow tea from Huoshan county, Anhui Province. The best grades are from Jin Ji Mountain, Jin Shan Tou, Jin Zhu Ping and Wu Mi Jian villages which are around 800 meters above sea level. Huoshan Huangya was created in the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D) and Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea, described this special yellow tea in his famous Classic of Tea (Cha Jing). The processing method of this tea was lost in 1940s and was only reproduced in 1972 by three distinguished tea masters. To keep it fresh, the leaves are picked in the morning in spring and processed using five involved steps. All the work has to be finished by the evening of the same day. Another famous yellow tea, Junshan Yinzhen is wrapped in paper to make it yellow, while Huoshan Huangya is spread out indoor for hours three times to produce its yellow color.
Huoshan Huangya is only slightly processed in the yellow tea category and it resembles green tea in both appearance and taste. The leaves are straight and long. The leaf color is yellowish green with fine hairs covering the buds. The tea has a rich and clean nutty aroma of the dried leaves. A warm and delicate roasted vegetal aroma is followed by a sweet touch. The color of the tea liquor is a greenish yellow that is bright and clear. In the mouth it is thick, mellow, and refreshing with a sweet nutty aftertaste.