Snow Buds (Xue Ya)

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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  • “Backlogging. Sunday afternoon. Three tasty steeps reminded me how much I like this tea. =) But the more exciting news is why I no longer have to "ration" (tea really good, don't have much...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Well, this is a shame. The first tea since I've had since Monday and I suppose I wasn't quite ready for it. It tastes funny. No, correction: I'm tasting funny. I thought I was enough on the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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    takgoti 260 tasting notes
  • “I made this iced to take on the road today - using several steeps, 16oz of tea from 1.5 grams (about a teaspoon and a half) of leaves is a pretty great deal. Sweet, fresh, but also slightly toasty;...” Read full tasting note
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From Rishi Tea

Organic Snow Buds (Xue Ya) is considered a new type of white tea that was developed in the 1980’s using authentic Fujian white tea bushes according to a special process that involves nuances of white tea and green tea production. Its clear infusion offers a fresh green flavor and aroma of roasted chestnut.

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32 Tasting Notes

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545 tasting notes

Backlogging. Sunday afternoon.

Three tasty steeps reminded me how much I like this tea. =)

But the more exciting news is why I no longer have to “ration” (tea really good, don’t have much left) this tea. My mom told me last Friday that she’d brought me a large tin of Harney and Sons’ Earl Grey for $2.99 on sale at William and Sonoma (it turned out to be an 8oz tin, which I will be splitting with grandma and her as that is waaay too much tea for just me). She told me she’d brought it about a week and a half ago and didn’t think there would be anymore left but that there was a lot of loose tea on sale. I happened to be going nearby the William and Sonoma on Saturday morning and thought that it wouldn’t hurt to look in case there was some left. Indeed there was! I got two tins of this one, Rishi’s organic Earl Grey, Rishi’s organic Emerald Lily, Harney and Sons’ Tower of London, and Harney and Sons’ Canton Green all for 50-75% off. Quite the exciting tea sale find!

1st steep: 3 min.
2nd steep: 3 min 15 sec.
3rd steep: 3 min 30 sec.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
JacquelineM

Tea score!

Suzi

Sweet sale!

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911 tasting notes

Well, this is a shame. The first tea since I’ve had since Monday and I suppose I wasn’t quite ready for it. It tastes funny. No, correction: I’m tasting funny. I thought I was enough on the upswing from the cold that has literally knocked me out since Monday to have some tea. But no. And to add insult to injury, this cup empties out my tin of this. Really wish it would have had a better send off. I can taste some of the nuttiness and vegetal flavor that I enjoy about this tea, but they just aren’t sitting cohesively on my tongue. Bah. Back to orange juice it is.

Ricky

Nooooooooo! Poor Auggy. Get better!

~lauren.

Feel better soon!

Jillian

You’re tasting funny? Really?

*Noms on Auggy to test it out * XD

Auggy

Thanks – I am doing my best! And :P at Jillian. Aren’t you lucky that I’ve managed to shower recently so while I’m tasting funny, at least I’m not tasting funky! Hehe.

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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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405 tasting notes

I made this iced to take on the road today – using several steeps, 16oz of tea from 1.5 grams (about a teaspoon and a half) of leaves is a pretty great deal. Sweet, fresh, but also slightly toasty; not like roasted oolong toasty, but sunny-day dry grass toasty. Nice, and refreshing, and good at many temperatures. I think I slightly prefer it warm, but it was good chilled too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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No rating, for these Snow Buds were a present from a chum and there were complications to the gifting process. The wonderful teas were in thin polyethylene bags. One of them was a heavily-smoked lapsang souchong. The poly bags had absorbed the smoke, resulting in smelly bags and smelly contents for all the teas. I got the Snow Buds out of its poly bag and into a tin immediately. Then aired it out in a nylon bag for weeks at a time, but alas, the smoke will not subside.

Please pass this info along to other tea lovers. THE LESSON: Thin poly bags don’t keep aromas and flavors apart. Even very thick ones eventually seep. All it took for the damage to be done was a couple of days of co-habitation of the teas in a gift bag. Such poly bags are okay for storing tea for short periods, as long as it isn’t near any strong odors. Fruit, herb, smoke or floral — it doesn’t matter, all will permeate. Snack bags, sandwich bags and the tiny poly ziploc bags sold at craft stores are ideal for sharing tea samples but they make lousy long-term storage containers. They don’t even keep moisture out very well over time; the tea swells in size. Word.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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42 tasting notes

Thank you GOD! Tonight when I prepared this tea, I was very meticulous. I pulled out the tea scale, thermometer and the spring water. I waited for the water to come down from 93 C to 85C (I live in CO, so H2Obp is 93ish) and poured the water into my vessel so the leaves floated for a bit before being completely submerged. As I was pouring, the aroma was creamy, like pie. Exactly three minutes later, I decanted and took my first sip. It was like dessert: sweet, smooth, like liquid candy.
I never want to run out of this, but I cannot wait to drink more tomorrow =)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I love it when people find tea they love. It makes me giddy. Whee!

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It’s taken me a bit of time to appreciate this tea. Since I’m predominantly a black-tea drinker, Snow Buds organic white tea was a little too subtle for me at first, kinda like those hints my wife leaves for me when she wants me to do something.

Rishi’s description of the tea is very accurate. It’s grassy and has a sweet hazelnut finish. The grassiness reminds me a bit of a sencha, while the nutty finish is vaguely reminiscent of Rishi’s dragonwell (which is less smokey than other dragonwells I’ve tried).

If you’re a green tea lover and looking for something less caffeinated, perhaps in the evening, this is a pretty good find. It requires a fairly long steep time, however. Rishi recommends five to six minutes. Go for six. And since white tea is made from the virtually tannin-free buds, you don’t have to worry about the tea going tannic on you from the longer steep time. The never-steep-your-tea-longer-than-five-minutes rule can be damned with this one.

I found this tea to be not as interesting flavor-wise as Rishi’s Peach Blossom white tea, but if you’re a purist and want to taste a good white tea straight (without the peach and jasmine), this is the real deal.

Available by the ounce at http://www.rishi-tea.com and in 1.3 ounce tins (it’s hard to pack bud teas very tightly) at my local (go figure) Food Emporium supermarket, home to the very sweet, but dumbfoundingly unknowledgeable sales clerk. (Ah, to be young, cute and perky and able to get away with not knowing a bloody thing about what you’re selling.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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blah! not for me at all. I couldn’t help but think about urine the whole time I smelt or drank this tea. Looks like many others enjoyed it, so don’t take my word for it. I’m new to white tea and this wasn’t a great start :(

CMT 雲 山 茶

Its does have a stale smell, of yes urine, reminds me of bus stations in India.

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16 tasting notes

I really like Snow Buds. The flavor is very light, but there is a wonderful aroma. Great tea for a snowy, blustery day. Prepared using TasteTimer.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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30 tasting notes

As far as white teas go this is my favorite simply because it has a lot of qualities more commonly associated with green teas. It does have a semi-pungent scent and greenish flavor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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