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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Many thanks to ashmanra for sending me some of this to try, with the most adorable drawing of a GOLDEN SNAIL on it!

http://www.spo.gs/RetroCamera.jsp?img=mHas

Awwwwwww!

This tea is delicious! When I had my first sip, I was bowled over by the sweetness of it! I think ashmanra hits the nail on the head when she describes it as Golden Monkey meets Emperor’s Red. It has the roasty and chocolatey going on, but it has the sweetness and mouthfeel (thick!) of a Golden Monkey.

Harney & Sons says they found this as a sort of replacement to Keemun Mao Feng, but I would argue that it is its own beast. It did not strike me as being Keemun Mao Feng’s little cousin, and having both in one’s cupboard would not be repetitive in my humble opinion!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Indeed, I can’t see this as a substitute for Keemun Mao Feng, as in, something that tastes very nearly like it, but perhaps as a tea that tastes as good as Mao Feng. I have really enjoyed this one. Glad you like it, too!

JacquelineM

Yes – it is it’s own delicious wonder!

JacquelineM

that should be it is its!! Ooops future teacher!! Ack!

SimplyJenW

I read the description as they found this when they were looking for a Keemun Mao Feng replacement…meaning they needed a different source of KMF, but that is just my interpretation….. Wasn’t KMF out of stock for a while? Anyway, I love the Golden Snail, too!

SimplyJenW

Love the drawing, BTW!

ashmanra

It was a stamp! I only colored it, but thanks! And I think Keemun Mao Feng sells out because it is a small production tea, rather than them needing a new source, but not sure.

Angrboda

How adorable! :D

This is sounding more and more intriguing! I’ve never seen anything from Hubei before. I even had to get out a map to see where it is.

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ashmanra

Indeed, I can’t see this as a substitute for Keemun Mao Feng, as in, something that tastes very nearly like it, but perhaps as a tea that tastes as good as Mao Feng. I have really enjoyed this one. Glad you like it, too!

JacquelineM

Yes – it is it’s own delicious wonder!

JacquelineM

that should be it is its!! Ooops future teacher!! Ack!

SimplyJenW

I read the description as they found this when they were looking for a Keemun Mao Feng replacement…meaning they needed a different source of KMF, but that is just my interpretation….. Wasn’t KMF out of stock for a while? Anyway, I love the Golden Snail, too!

SimplyJenW

Love the drawing, BTW!

ashmanra

It was a stamp! I only colored it, but thanks! And I think Keemun Mao Feng sells out because it is a small production tea, rather than them needing a new source, but not sure.

Angrboda

How adorable! :D

This is sounding more and more intriguing! I’ve never seen anything from Hubei before. I even had to get out a map to see where it is.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

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Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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