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Yellow Sun

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Think meadow-sweet hay bales and a wisp of bonfire smoke…

Yellow tea is unique to China's Anhui, Sichuan and Hunan Provinces, where it is painstakingly produced in minute quantities. We've sourced this smooth, subtly smoky and distinctly nutty variety from the Huangshan Mountains of Anhui Province, crafted according to a technique developed by tea masters over several centuries.

After being wok-fired in the manner of a classic Chinese green tea, yellow tea is placed in huge baskets surrounded by stoves of smouldering coal and baked over the course of several days. The leaves are carefully turned at intervals, and the process can take up to a week to complete.

The rarity of yellow tea reflects the time and skill it takes to produce - it might be tricky to track down, but no tea connoisseur would be without it. With its delicately roasted notes, you could compare it to smoky Chinese teas like Lapsang and Yunnan, but the mellow sweetness and light levels of oxidation place it in a class of its own. High in the antioxidant EGCG and reputed to promote a youthful complexion, we think yellow tea is set to be the next big thing.


The Great Taste Awards have been described as the Oscars of the food world—so you can imagine we were pretty chuffed when our Yellow Sun won a coveted two star award this year. The judges called it “clean, delicate, gentle with some woodiness and sweetness on the finish. The flavour stays with you.”

  • Tea Type

    Yellow Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Nutty, Refreshing, Smoky

  • Tastes like

    Smooth, roasted and subtly smoky

  • Food pairing

    Almond based cakes are a good match for the nutty notes in this tea

  • When to drink

    When shadows grow tall…

Brew the perfect cup

Add two teaspoons (around 4g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.

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* * * * - Delicious by Jamie on 20th March 2018

A really interesting little tea, baked but not smoked. It is full flavoured but still tea rather than something with flavourings in. I drink it all day, thanks Whittard!

* * * * * Delicious by Nikki on 15th March 2018

Clean, smooth and nutty flavours. This tea is delightful. It's so easy to drink all day long.

* * * * - lovely jubbly by Scooby doo on 22nd October 2015

lovely tea. warms up the cockels good and proper. mum loves it too

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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

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