Mo Gan Yellow Snails 2020
Revitalising an old yellow tea
Tea Hong’s Mo Gan Yellow Snails is a break away from the old Mo Gan Yellow Tip. We have greatly modified traditional yellowing to give the tea a distinctive yellow look and a taste that is different from both green tea and old style yellow tea. A neo-yellow.
Unlike other tea categories, old style yellow tea has not prospered in all these decades since tea’s revival after the destructive Mao era. Its taste needs a lot more to create followers.
Similarly from the mountain of Mo Gan in the region of Zhejiang, Tea Hong’s Mo Gan Yellow Snails has departed from the dull colours of the old to maintain a brisk freshness in the look and taste, while achieving a characteristic “cooked” warmth and sweetness that is the real spirit of yellow tea. Now that is a good individualistic character to have a place in any tea repertoire.
Net weight: 50 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Freshly baked biscuit with a hint of sweetness from chestnuts over a floral undertone. Soft, yet full, umami body accented with light malty sweetness. Just enough bitter bite gives the whole profile a healthy backbone. Gentle yet persistent aftertaste.
Infusion duration is proportional to both the thickness of the liquor and the depth of the umami. To lower the slight bitterness that comes with it, try decreasing the infusion temperature or use a Yixing teapot. However that will inevitably lower some of the aromatic qualities. If you are a diehard tea fanatic and enjoy the extra touch of tinkle like I do, a thick enough porcelain small vessel infusing at 90°C delivers the real gastronomical height of this rare tea.