Snow Bud (Xue Ya)

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “I have had Snow Bud before from another company. The teas appear pretty much identical. The difference is in the brewing approach. This one calls for 175F water and a 4 minute steep. The other used...” Read full tasting note
  • “I don’t even know where to begin with this tea, except to say that I could drink a lot of it. The mild flavor and light sweetness pair well with almost any meal, or can be enjoyed on its own. I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Water: 8oz Leaves: long thin, dark green w/ fuzzy Steep: 4m,5m Aroma: Floral Color: pale yellow Taste: I received this as a part of CuriousTea complementary tea box. This evening i was in the mood...” Read full tasting note
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The leaves are large, silver and green in appearance with a somewhat straw like fragrance, which is the result of the leaves being dried out naturally rather than pan-fried or steamed (as is common in green tea processing). When brewed, this tea produces a slightly pale liquor with a pronounced pinkish brightness. The flavour is complex, quite sweet and floral with nutty and peachy undertones – think sugared almonds! Overall the flavour is very light and airy but will change and develop with longer and repeated steeping.

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I have had Snow Bud before from another company. The teas appear pretty much identical. The difference is in the brewing approach. This one calls for 175F water and a 4 minute steep. The other used 195F and 30 second steeps. The difference is day and night. This one is smooth. The other was intense with a good bitter. Here I am getting lightly sweet field grass, along with hints of nuts and floral. The aftertaste is lingering and has the good bite I expected up front but here it is lighter and not at all scary. Although I taste the fresh spring water and floral notes I associate with good white tea, it is the ending that drifts towards Chinese green tea that sells this to me. I very much enjoyed this using Curious Teas parameters.

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I don’t even know where to begin with this tea, except to say that I could drink a lot of it. The mild flavor and light sweetness pair well with almost any meal, or can be enjoyed on its own. I managed to drink the entire 50g (1.76oz) package in under a week. It’s unusual for me to stick with the same tea for so long, I tend to get bored with it, but this seemed to fit all of my moods.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/4/14/tuesday-tea-subscription-curious-tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Water: 8oz

Leaves: long thin, dark green w/ fuzzy

Steep: 4m,5m

Aroma: Floral

Color: pale yellow

Taste: I received this as a part of CuriousTea complementary tea box. This evening i was in the mood for something light so i decided to go with this tea. The aroma was floral not too strong. One thing i found interesting about this tea is that is it required 4 minutes to steep for it to be a white tea. I boiled water then let it cool for 7m before adding it to the leaves, hopping that wouldn’t be too cool for the steeping time. The first cup had no bitterness & light in flavor. The second steep i lowered the water cooling time to 6m and up the brewing to 5m. The result was same flavor profile just slightly warmer tea. Overall i found this to be a nice light tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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