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Snow Buds

 
Updated: May. 1, 2014 

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About Snow Buds | Best (Top-Rated) Snow Buds | Examples of Snow Buds

About Snow Buds

Loose-leaf green tea with pale green, downy leavesLoose-leaf snow buds from Arbor Teas, showing the downy white hairs on the buds, and the curled shape of the leaf. Photo by Alex Zorach.
Snow buds, or xue ya(雪牙) in Chinese, is a relatively new type of tea, sharing characteristics of both white tea and green tea, and alternatively classified in both categories by different retailers. We classify it as a white tea as a rather arbitrary choice, because our category of white tea has fewer varieties listed in it.

According to Rishi Tea, this variety was developed in the 1980’s by blending some techniques from green tea and white tea production.[1] It is usually described as having a delicate aroma; the flavor shares attributes in common with Chinese green teas, and lighter white teas.

Like silver needle, snow buds consists mostly of buds, which have a downy appearance. The tea does contain some larger leaf though, which has a bolder green color. Compared to silver needle, the leaf tends to be more curled and wiry.

Other teas named xue ya or snow buds

Both the names "xue ya" and "snow buds" can also refer to a type of yellow tea. They can also refer to several types of green teas, including ones from Sichuan, Zhejiang, and Guizhou provinces.

References:

1. Snow Buds (Xue Ya), Organic White Tea, Rishi Tea Store, Retrieved Nov. 3, 2009.

Best Snow Buds

The notion of the "best" Snow Buds is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Snow Buds Green Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Snow Buds 1st Flush

Snow Buds 1st Flush

Brand:Rishi Tea
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of Xue Ya Ballad

Xue Ya Ballad

Brand:Adagio Teas
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Teas

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Examples of Snow Buds

The following are examples of the 10 selections of Snow Buds in our database.

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Xue Ya Ballad

Brand:Adagio Teas
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
Picture of Organic Snow Buds (Xue Ya)

Organic Snow Buds (Xue Ya)

Brand:Drink The Leaf
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
Picture of Snow Buds 1st Flush

Snow Buds 1st Flush

Brand:Rishi Tea
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Organic Snow Peony

Brand:Red Blossom Tea Company
Region:Guangxi, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose

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