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Organic Snow Buds Green Tea

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50 servings, 30¢ per serving
19 servings, 39¢ per serving
3 servings
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The mist-shrouded cliffs of the Wuyi Mountains, on the border of the Fujian and Jiangxi provinces of southeastern China, have nurtured exquisite teas for thousands of years and are the birthplace of organic oolong tea. The open, dark brown leaves of this organic tea from China yield a light amber infusion with a smooth, light body and little astringency. The tea exhibits aromas of mushrooms, dry fall leaves and sweet earthiness, with a very pronounced roasted quality. The roasted dimension of this organic loose tea translates strongly into the cup, as do many of its aromatic qualities. Organic Wuyi Oolong is great with any meal and makes superb iced tea.

Ingredients: organic Chinese oolong tea


Serving Size: one level tablespoon per 8 oz cup of water

Staff Perspectives


Aubrey Says: We have customers who come back again and again for this tea only.


Jeremy Says: This is definitely the most roasted of the oolongs we offer.

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  1. Delightful!

    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.

  2. Mild green tea

    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: one level tablespoon per 8 oz cup of water


Water temperature: use water that has been heated until the first bubbles begin to rise from the bottom of the pot (195° F)


Steeping time: 4-7 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.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.

Hakka Lei Cha – Central Chinese Green Tea Soup


Soups are particularly healthy, tasty and easy to make with tea. Here is a type of tea-based soup popular within the Hakka community in Southeast Asia. It is believed that Lei Cha was derived from a soup called the “Three-Raw-Ingredients Soup” consisting of tea leaves, crushed fresh ginger and rice. This modern day version enriches the original recipe with several additional ingredients. Check here to view the full recipe for Hakka Lei Cha – Central Chinese Green Tea Soup!

Chinese Gong Fu Method

In China, tea is often brewed using the meditative Gong Fu method. This very formal, ritualized approach to tea preparation dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The term "Gong Fu" refers to skill gained through practice - expertise derived not from learning but experience. While the term "Gong Fu" could signify the serious practice of any art form, such as the martial art of related name (Kung Fu), Gong Fu Cha refers to the elaborate preparation of tea using miniature Yixing pots and cups. Yixing teaware is named for the purple clay it is made from, which hails from Yixing in China's Jiangsu province. Everything in Gong Fu service is small and delicate, placing emphasis on the elegance of the tea. Oolongs are the preferred tea in the Gong Fu ritual; they are steeped multiple times to highlight the evolution of taste as the leaves unfurl.

For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.