This beautifully light and crisp organic green tea is grown in Northern Fujian, China and is more akin to a white tea in flavor profile. After brewed, you’ll find a plethora of filaments from the downy buds of the tea plant floating on the surface of the clear and bright yellow-green liquor. The finely twisted silver and green buds are combined with small leaf to create a lightly buttery and clean cup of organic tea that offers a faint hint of sugar snap peas. Slightly sweet, extremely smooth, with very little astringency, this loose leaf organic tea produces a quiet cup of tea with very little noise.
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea
Serving Size: two teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Quiet and lingering... calming for the soul.
Posted by Christine on 31st Mar 2015
I wasn't crazy about this at first, because it didn't taste like many of the green teas I'd tried before. I tried a few more brews of it, and it began to grow on me. The flavors are really subtle, but quite diverse. I almost detect floral undertones. It's soft like a white tea, but with a hint of floral (whereas, I find white teas tend to taste a bit more buttery).
It's also great for a second brew, or to make sun tea, if you leave it for several hours. This seems to bring out more of a kick, without any of the bitterness of over brewed tea.
Posted by Melissa on 25th Mar 2015
Ordered this sample just to try something new, and I thought this looked interesting enough. Very light like a white tea. It wasn't bad but I guess I prefer stronger teas. If you are a white tea drinker you'll probably like this.
Posted by Mike on 20th Mar 2015
I'm a fan of white tea and this green tea resembles a nice humble tone akin to silver needle white tea. I absolutely love it.
Posted by Tracy on 1st Dec 2014
Snow buds is a white-lover's green--delicate and nutty with hints of hay and no bitterness whatsoever. Why aren't there more reviews for this tea? Give it a try! You won't be disappointed.
Posted by Bea on 11th May 2014
I love strong tea, so I find I can only get one cup out of it. Nonetheless, it has a nice, soft flavor and is ideal for any time of the day.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: two teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
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