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drank Snow Buds (Xue Ya) by Rishi Tea
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This is a beautiful tea. It has a creamy, buttery, faintly sweet quality that I love, and it has a richness to the color. The taste for this is what really stands out for me – some teas deliver on smell and fall short on taste, but this tea has a lot of complex flavors. I’m reminded of almonds, and, of course butter, with a bit of something sweet. When I was little my mother used to make me a snack of plain white bread with butter, sprinkled with sugar on the top, and this tea reminds me that taste, with the possible addition of the almond-esque essence.

And it’s amazingly inexpensive and – even better – I can buy this at the Whole Foods near me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Bi Lo Chun Reserve by Teas Etc
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drank Dragonwell by Teavana
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This is a rich, smooth green tea that’s highly reminiscent of asparagus, with a touch of spinach and the more buttery mellowness of swiss chard. Subsequent infusions (after the first) result in cups that have a faint follow-up sweetness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Bai Mu Dan by Teas Etc
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This is a lovely tea. The buttery aspect is very much there; there’s a rich, sweet scent that rises from the hot tea and the taste is reminiscent of artichoke hearts dipped in butter, and faintly sweet creamery butter at that. I agree with the reviewer that says there’s something reminiscent of a salty feel hovering around the periphery without anything actually being salty about the taste itself, which is an aspect I particularly like. On the second infusion of this tea I can detect a ghost-like sweetness which is present as the faintest of aftertastes. Drinking this is really a lovely and pleasurable experience.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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