I have been exploring the six classes of tea lately, and I recently discovered yellow tea.  

Yellow Tea is often miscategorized as green tea, but, unlike green tea that is unfermented, yellow tea is lightly fermented or oxidized.  Harvested leaves are either basket-fired or pan-fired, smothered, and then finish-fired.  “The smothering step, known as men huan, or ‘sealing yellow,’ is how yellow tea leaf develops its special flavor characteristics.”

This information was taken from Mary Lou and Robert Heiss’ book, The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook–a must for all tea enthusiasts.  Ditch the tea bags and give the six classes (green, white, yellow, oolong, black, and pu-er) of loose-leaf tea a try!  You can purchase good quality tea online from www.teatrekker.com.