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1112 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Mmmmmmmmm! This is the kind of tea I adore at work. Roasty cocoa. Assertive but not too. Invigorating & makes me want to take care of business – with a smile! I am drinking my third steep, and it’s still super flavorful. Little Golden Snail, I love you! I hope you are still around when I come out of my self imposed tea buying ban and do my Fall ordering!!!

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

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Many thanks to Lady Londonderry for this tea!!!

It’s sweet, roasty, chocolatey – all the things I loved about Harney’s KMF. Delicious! but!!! it’s like they took the remote control and put the volume to, say, 5 or 6. Harney’s KMF goes to 11 ;)

I am totally going to enjoy every drop of this sample, but most likely will order Harney’s despite the fact that the price goes to 11 too. If Harney runs out, I would order this in a heartbeat, and be very pleased. It’s good stuff!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Now I’ll have to try the Harney for comparison!

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Many many thanks to ashmanra for sending me some of this very precious tea to try!

This is one of the most interesting teas I’ve ever tasted! I think it’s called “wild forest” because it tastes a bit like those fresh pine needles that I had in that pine tisane! That piney/menthol/lemonyness… but fine delicious tea too! It’s a great combination and addictive! My taste buds are curious and keep nudging me to take another sip because they can’t quite place these flavors…together!

I’m looking forward to many many steeps today, and will post a comment later on how they evolved!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Supposedly, it is called Wild Forest because the old tea masters go out into the forests where they alone know the locations of wild, uncultivated tea trees and gather the leaves to make this tea! I think a lot of these stories are romantic marketing and for our benefit, but fun nevertheless! :)

JacquelineM

I am on my second steep and I can’t believe how SWEET it is!! What a prize, whatever the hows and whys :) :) :) Mmmmmm! I was going to have some Royal Wedding this afternoon, but I think this one is going to delight me the entire day!

JacquelineM

I’m going on my 6th steep and it’s still vibrant and extremely naturally sweet. I’m still getting piney – maybe sage/thyme or even ginko – but an overwhelming sweetness after you take a sip. This is the most unique tea experience I’ve had in quite awhile!

ashmanra

That lingering sweetness is amazing! Every time I inhale my head fills with flowers again…

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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!

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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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I just wanted to swoon a bit: Rainy day + Earl Grey Supreme = perfect, perfect, perfect.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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As soon as I tasted this, I said “Wait?! This is a Keemun? It tastes like an oolong!” Lo and behold, it’s supposed to :) Formosa – I see! Once I wrapped my head around the fact that I’d be enjoying an oolong, and not a roasty chocolatey Keemun, I relaxed into it.

This one is pleasantly woody, with a rich, complex, sort of tangy flavor. Second steep sweeter and less woody. I bet it would be great with food. We are actually out of water here at work (we get spring water delivered because our faucet water is so vile) but I am going to save my leaves in hope that we get a delivery some time today so I can have another steep!

Thank you Michelle, my SweeTea, for this tea!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Yay! We got a water delivery! I am on my third steep and it’s very nice, indeed sweeter and rounder. Even greener! I love how oolongs get better as you steep! I think I’ll have one more after this one too!

Angrboda

Geography paradox! O.o Will we have to redraw the world map now?

JacquelineM

I know – when I saw that this tea was from Taiwan I experienced a disconnect!

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
1112 tasting notes

So I’m drinking my friend the Emperor here, and…gasp. All I can think of is Keemun Mao Feng! The Emperor is certainly a delicious cuppa, and I’m enjoying him immensely, but… but… Keemun Mao Feng just heaps it on! Unforgettable. I’m going to be swooning over it until it comes and lives in my cupboard methinks.

Now that I think of the Emperor as a lighter tea (!!!) I will certainly be enjoying him all summer with much pleasure, but I have to admit he has been knocked off his throne a bit!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

The Golden Snail is inching his way to you as of today, also. He was Harney’s replacement for Mao Feng when it goes out of stock. Hopefully he will comfort in your loss of Mao Feng – may it be temporary! Better order before it sells out! :)

JacquelineM

That’s what I was thinking – better order before it runs out!!!! :) :) :) Thank you!! – can’t wait to taste the lil golden snail!!!!!

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Many, many thanks to ashmanra for letting me try this tea, because I think it is one of the most delicious teas to ever cross my lips! I am feeling tragic that this is the end of my sample.

Smooth, sweet, chocolatey. Balanced…tangy, a little smoky and savory too. If I had to narrow it down to one word, it would be RICH. To my mind, this tea is the perfect example of why tea connoisseurs say an extremely high quality single origin tea is so head and shoulders above any flavored or blended tea. I like a nice flavored or blended tea just as much as the next person, but OH! This is something so special and delicious.

Truly, madly, deeply in lurve!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Infusin_Susan

Thanks for the great description. I always say there’s nothing like a rich, dark Keemun. Now I have another one to add to my Harney’s order wishlist!

SimplyJenW

I agree on all counts. It is probably the most expensive one I have, but so worth it. Now, I may have to start a Keemun Mao Feng collection……

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Many thanks to SimplyJenW for this tea!!!!

This is my “I’m done my final paper/poster/presentation wheeeeeeee!” tea treat! I thought it would be lovely to have a nice tea with some chocolate happiness infused throughout :) This does not disappoint. The tea base is excellent. The play between the chocolate roasty notes in the tea, and the added chocolate flavor is really, really, nice. I’m having it at work sans additions, and it is a pleasure to drink unadorned.

Thank you so much Jen! This is so lovely!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Thing to try – on my second steep I put a little Emperor’s Red in and oh! yum! Major roasty with the chocolate!

gmathis

Yay!!! for finished projects. I’d like to know what that feels like :)

JacquelineM

It feels like CHOCOLATE :) :) :)

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I had this one last night because it is supposed to encourage calming. Calm is what I needed after our sump pump stopped working in the rain storm, and started backing up into our heating/cooling unit in the basement. We had to turn off the sump pump and, yeah. Flooded basement does not even begin to describe it.

We’ve drained the basement and gotten the sump pump fixed. Everything that was in the basement is now thrown away (sigh). I’ve mopped a bunch of times but there is still that musty flood smell. This is going to be a long process.

This minty chamomile concoction really helped last night. Even though I was exhausted my brain was going a mile a minute. I had a sweet, herbaceous cup of this and got so knocked out that I slept in my clothing! I couldn’t even get changed into jammies I was so knocked out. That’s pretty calm I’d say :) Highly recommended for Nervous Wrecks!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

Wow I think based on that description I may have to go ahead and put that on my wishlist.

ashmanra

So sorry that happened to you! Now treat yourself to some Marco Polo (They’re all in pink! They’re all screaming!) as a daytime calming treat!

gmathis

Sorry you were a down-in-the-dumps-sump-pump-mugwump. (Apologies. But it just had to be writ!) I’d recommend lots of nice fragrant, minty tisanes to counteract the basement smell. Bre-e-e-e-athe!

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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.

My favorites:
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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