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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

My tea of the morning….. Can I just say how happy I am that there is more than one tea in my life? Yes, I still go weak in the knees for a good China black tea, and this one definitely delivers. It is staple-worthy, and almost worth committing to as a one and only. Almost.

For my usual price comparison: This one comes out to be $2.50 an ounce which is mid range in my scale of cost, plus it is packaged very nicely. I have heard that it now comes in a golden tin, but mine was the standard black with a gold lable. It was also packaged with an inner pouch to keep the tea at peak freshness until you open it (or at least mine was). It resteaps great, and is so complex. The coiled leaves open up into a rather large volume…I am always amazed at the volume difference from measuring out of the tin to post steap. It is a must try if you are fond of China black tea.

Preparation
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ashmanra

SimplyJenW, mine did come in a gold tin with an inner foil pouch. But my chocolate mint also came in a gold tin so I am wondering if the company has an anniversary coming up or something? It doesn’t seem long since they celebrated their 25th, though. Maybe they just go t a great deal on gold tins! :P

Uniquity

If I weren’t on a Harney hiatus due to terrible shipping practices to Canada, I would be all over this. Currently trying to scope out plain black teas and finding a preference for China Blacks.

SimplyJenW

@Uniquity…I would work out just about anything with you for US tea for some David’s Buttered Rum…..

Uniquity

That could work for me.. There were a couple of Harney’s blacks I was interested in. Shoot me a PM and we can try to work it out?

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ashmanra

SimplyJenW, mine did come in a gold tin with an inner foil pouch. But my chocolate mint also came in a gold tin so I am wondering if the company has an anniversary coming up or something? It doesn’t seem long since they celebrated their 25th, though. Maybe they just go t a great deal on gold tins! :P

Uniquity

If I weren’t on a Harney hiatus due to terrible shipping practices to Canada, I would be all over this. Currently trying to scope out plain black teas and finding a preference for China Blacks.

SimplyJenW

@Uniquity…I would work out just about anything with you for US tea for some David’s Buttered Rum…..

Uniquity

That could work for me.. There were a couple of Harney’s blacks I was interested in. Shoot me a PM and we can try to work it out?

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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