Snow Bud - Xue Ya

A delicate note of honey.

Grown at a high elevation, the season is short this style of tea. Its small, thin leaves reflect this high-mountain origin. Leaf is dense, flavor is nuanced and somewhat subtle. Produced inland in Fujian Province, the tea is named for the long, white buds it produces. As this tea is harvested early, it offers yet another taste perspective on China's spring greens. Harvest date is April 2021.  

Lot Notes.
The harvest window is a few days in duration in order to maintain correct appearance and size of the leaves. The result is a naturally sweet tea offering a delicate note of honey. We found this lot early and once tasted, selected it for this year's offering. On the farm, ample water flows provide strong moisture for the tea bushes nurturing the early bud and top leaf growth. Colder night temperatures matched with warm daytime temps serve to clarify the liquor.

Tasting Notes
As this varietal grows at a high elevation, its taste is fresh and light. The leaf aroma is lightly vegetal; the taste is natural, very light on the palate but grows in its finish and lingers long after tasting. A refreshing green tea, it is great as an afternoon beverage.

Brewing Suggestions
One tablespoon or 3 grams of leaf will make 8 ounces of tea. Use water temperature of 185 - 195 degrees F and steep briefly for 2 minutes.

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  • 5
    Snow Bud

    Posted by maureen berndt on 23rd Sep 2021

    A lovely fresh batch of one of my favorite greens. Great way to start the day--not too strong or astringent for my taste. The price is right too!

  • 4
    Good Green

    Posted by Will on 6th Jul 2016

    The Snow Bud is a good tea. I drink it first thing in the morning with a splash of milk. It's a good tea to start the day with.