2011 Taimu Shan Snow Sprout Xue Ya

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  • “Backlogging and based almost entirely on a few notes Experience buying from Tea Trekker http://steepster.com/places/2820-tea-trekker-online-northampton-massachusetts I got this as a free sample...” Read full tasting note

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Taimu Shan Snow Sprout is a beautiful sword-shaped spring bud tea, unusual in that it is a whole-bud green tea made from the buds of tea bushes that were historically reserved for white tea production. A proprietary varietal tea bush that was hybridized in the 1950’s for white tea production, the mother bushes for those plantings have been since been transplanted to gardens that specialize in green tea manufacture. The leaf for this tea descends directly from those mother bushes.

Taimu Shan is a world-famous mountain range for tea production. Near Fuding City in Fujian Province in eastern China ( the heart of Yin Zhen white tea production ) the tea bush cultivars planted here are lush and produce an generous quantity of large, long buds.

Taimu Shan Snow Sprout is made only in the early spring ( pre-Qing Ming ) in extremely small quantities. We are very fortunate to have this tea this season.

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Backlogging and based almost entirely on a few notes

Experience buying from Tea Trekker http://steepster.com/places/2820-tea-trekker-online-northampton-massachusetts

I got this as a free sample with an order from Tea Trekker in the spring of 2011.

This was a bud-only fresh spring green tea. The leaf was “dark green” while the wet leaf was “bright green!” I started a little cooler and shorter than my standard green tea steeping parameters, and I got four ‘good tasting’ steepings, and one more ‘decent tasting’ steeping out of it (for a total of five). “Tasty, vegetal.” That’s all the notes I have. I do remember being impressed with the freshness of the flavor and leaf (it was one of the first spring green teas I have ever tried), and at the vibrancy of the leaf.

It was originally $20 / 4 OZ, but now it’s one sale for $12 / 4 OZ either way, that seems to be a good price for a bud-only green tea.

Since I remember very little about it (and as it was one of my first spring green teas), I’m leaving off the rating.

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Invader Zim

I’ve been eyeballing some of Tea Trekker’s green teas and I like that they offer samples, but the samples seem so expensive compared to the regular prices. Do you know if they offer sampler packs? I just ordered two from Life in Teacup and was hoping that Tea Trekker offered something similar.


To my knowledge, no they don’t have any sample packs (however, it wouldn’t hurt to e-mail them as ask them what you want, and maybe they’ll knock off a few dollars if you order a bunch).

The way the price their samples is one of my biggest gripes about Tea Trekker: they are priced such that you may as well order a few ounces. One thing they have improved on though: until recently, their next step up from the sample was four OZ, now they have a two OZ option priced not much more per ounce than the four ounce option. I like that.

I am glad to hear you ordered from Life in Teacup! My experience is that Tea Trekker and Life in Teacup both offer quality green teas for very reasonable prices (and both have some steeply prices teas as well).

I’m looking forward to reading your reviews of the teas from Life in Teacup!

Invader Zim

I hate buying a large amount of tea when first trying it which is why I like samples, but I can’t justify their prices. I’ll have to email them and see if I can get some sort of discount.


I’d be interested in hearing how they respond to your request (you can PM me) if you do e-mail them, and you are willing.

Invader Zim

Sure thing, I emailed them earlier today and am waiting a response. If they reply I’ll probably PM you.


Great. Thanks!

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