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drank Snow Buds (Xue Ya) by Rishi Tea
260 tasting notes

I recently discovered a wealth of Rishi tea in my local Wegmans, which made me really happy. I grabbed this and ran before I could convince myself to buy more.

This is quite possibly the strongest unflavored white tea I have ever had. The flavors involved are mostly light, but it’s definitely not weak. That could also be because I used a lot of tea [Rishi recommends 1 tablespoon per 8 oz. water].

It reminds me a lot of Ancient Emerald Lily, actually. It’s got the grassy, nutty, and roasty notes that I keep on talking about in a lot of these green tea logs because I lack creativity and an experienced enough palate to pull much more out of the flavors. The difference between this and a tea like Ancient Emerald Lily, however, is that the sweetness in this soars upwards – like that nearly sharp smell of freshly cut grass. It reminds me, in a way, of the high sweetness of honeydew melon.

In fact, yes. That’s the difference. Honeydew Melon : Snowbuds :: Sweet Corn : Ancient Emerald Lily.

It’s an enjoyable tea, and I think it could become a good staple tea for me if it weren’t so similar to AEL. In the battle between those two, I think that AEL wins out, though time and experience may change that.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I miss Wegmans so much! There isn’t Wegman’s in MA.

TeaCast

Love me some Wegmans tea, gotta go back :D

takgoti

Hehe, Wegmans is made of some pretty hefty win.

@Gingko – tell them you demand a Massachusetts location! Can’t hurt! http://twitter.com/wegmans

JacquelineM

Now that I’m a big fan of Rishi, I have to look at the selection at Wegman’s with new eyes :)

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Yeah I will try to push them. I think I still keep my Wegman card, in case I travel to a Wegman region :D Webman is a family business and may not come to MA soon. But it’s exactly what’s great about Wegman. They don’t have to sacrifice their food standards for stock market performance.

takgoti

@JacquelineM I was shocked at how much of their stuff they carry!

@Gingko Here’s hoping!

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Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I miss Wegmans so much! There isn’t Wegman’s in MA.

TeaCast

Love me some Wegmans tea, gotta go back :D

takgoti

Hehe, Wegmans is made of some pretty hefty win.

@Gingko – tell them you demand a Massachusetts location! Can’t hurt! http://twitter.com/wegmans

JacquelineM

Now that I’m a big fan of Rishi, I have to look at the selection at Wegman’s with new eyes :)

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Yeah I will try to push them. I think I still keep my Wegman card, in case I travel to a Wegman region :D Webman is a family business and may not come to MA soon. But it’s exactly what’s great about Wegman. They don’t have to sacrifice their food standards for stock market performance.

takgoti

@JacquelineM I was shocked at how much of their stuff they carry!

@Gingko Here’s hoping!

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