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Meng Ding Snow Bud (Xue Ya) Tea from Life in Teacup

Meng Ding Snow Bud (Xue Ya) Tea from Life in Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yellow

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Tea Description:

This is a Yellow Tea made with earliest spring leaves. The oxidation is light. It’s flavor is closed to that of green tea, with more honey sweet aftertaste due to oxidation.

Taster’s Review:

What a remarkable yellow tea.  Of course, I’ve loved every yellow tea that I’ve tried, however, there is something about this one that gives it a uniqueness over the others that I’ve tasted.  While other yellow teas have a somewhat delicate quality about them, this one seems to be more assertive.

Immediately, I noted the sweetness which is more like a sweet grass kind of flavor during the sip and becomes more honey-like toward the tail and into the aftertaste, revealing a bit of the floral tones of the honey-esque sweetness with the aftertaste.  After the first couple of sips, I tasted notes of hay and a delicate earthiness that provided interesting contrast to the honey tones.

As I progressed toward mid-cup, other flavors revealed themselves.  I could taste a mild vegetable flavor, reminiscent of lima beans that have been simmered in a kettle for hours … you know, that sweet, buttery lima bean flavor that reminds you of home?  The flavor is remarkably smooth, with no bitterness and only a trace of astringency at the tail.

A delicious yellow tea that offers a memorable tea journey from the very first sip right down to the very last drop.

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