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 left)...” Read full tasting note
  • “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
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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

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

5 tasting notes

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.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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48 tasting notes

Heated 16 oz of water to 185 F. 2 teaspoons of tea in an open glass teapot.
A grassy white tea. Light. Almost fruity. The closest thing I could think of is a pear. Very enjoyable. I wouldn’t steep it more than 5 minutes.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Wow. My palate must be off. Everyone is saying the closest fruit is a melon and I’m saying pear.

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181 tasting notes

This is one of the first premium teas I picked up when I really started getting serious about tea last year.

The nutty aroma of the dry leaves comes through wonderfully at first whiff, and it’s a great lunchtime/afternoon tea, especially when paired with spicy Thai food.

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2 tasting notes

I made this tea this weekend as a cold brew – SO GOOD! I just put 2 tablespoons in a quart-sized pitcher with a filter on top, filled it with cold water, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Delicious!

For a really easy-to-use pitcher with a filter on it, try Rishi’s:

Iced 8 min or more

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44 tasting notes


160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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5 tasting notes

Smooth tea, I enjoy it with a little organic peppermint. Makes my day. :)

175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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84 tasting notes

This is a very hearty white tea – which is why it is probably the only white tea that I will pair with a hearty, strongly flavoured meal. Excellent, and a little goes a long way.

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7 tasting notes

While I intend to finish drinking this container of white tea (as tea is too precious to waste!), I don’t care for this white tea blend. This tastes too “grassy” to me (which I don’t mind in other teas, like Yerba Mate), and its flavor is too strong for my liking. At least a little bit goes a long way.

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5 tasting notes

One of the few so-called premium teas I can find here in Colorado Springs (at whole foods). Wonderfully nutty flavored, with no bitterness. One of my favorite all day teas.

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