puerhking wrote:Oookay....lol....I thought that sounded strange. I'll have to take your word on the huangpian. I don't have enough experience with it to render an opinion.
Huangpian are the big leaf at the base of where they pick, named for their color (huang meaning yellow). Here is a pic of a cake of Guafengzhai huangpian (2009) I got this spring to give a visual in case people don't know what huangpian look like.
Some people pick these all out and make cakes without them. Personally, I think that is a mistake, since I like the character they add. You can also just brew them by themselves and they are very good -or at least I enjoy them, some people don't.
Most people feel they are visually ugly, which is why they pick them out, and why there are cakes like this made of exclusively huangpian. Rather than throw out the huangpian, the farmers make them into cakes or sell them as maocha.