Huang Shan Yun Wu (黃山雲霧) green tea is a clean and tangy green tea from the Yellow Mountain (Huang Shan) tea growing region of Anhui Province. The name translates as ‘Yellow Mountain’ (Huang Shan 黃山) ‘Cloud and Mist’ (Yun Wu 雲霧). It is seen by Chinese tea experts as a kind of predecessor to the famous Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea and is known for its dense flavour, bright look, fragrance and clear liquor. Huang Shan not only happens to be a popular tourist destination in China but is also an ideal location for tea growing. The cool and misty climate as well as mineral rich soil combine to produce flavoursome teas that have a high level of theanine and are rich in tannins and vitamins.
There is an interesting point to note on the origin and meaning of the ‘Cloud and Mist’ name of this tea. The name comes from description of the mountainous regions that have large amount of clouds and mist around and therefore high humidity – areas that are perfect for tea farming.
In China the name ‘Yun Wu’ (雲霧) is somewhat common and is often used in many regions throughout the country to describe a green tea that is produced locally but that does not fall under any of the ‘famous’ tea types or has any other modern branding attached to it. Generally, it is a good quality local green tea that has been hand plucked but then machine processed in order to keep the costs reasonable. These teas do vary in quality and taste depending on the growing region and processing but tend to be somewhere in the middle. So while Huang Shan Mao Feng is firmly in the famous tea category and only specific teas can be sold under that name, Huang Shan Yun Wu can refer to a wider variety of green teas from this region.
A great aspect of well chosen Yun Wu teas is that they exhibit many of the qualities of their much more expensive famous counterparts from a particular growing region. But the less labour intensive processing as well as not having a famous name attached results in much more reasonable pricing and a great quality to cost ratio for our customers.
The small, tightly twisted buds of this Huang Shan Yun Wu have a gentle fresh green and almost candy-like fragrance. The brewed liquor has a very light champagne colour and a clean, slightly grassy and vegetal aroma. The light processing results in a taste that is crisp, tangy and light, with a sweet and slightly corny aftertaste. There is no astringency and very little dryness in this tea, but there are notes that are reminiscent of blackcurrant leaves, with a fresh and sharp presence. The resulting cup is refreshing and easily drinkable.
We suggest brewing at 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed 3 or more times depending on your taste preferences.