Golden Snail - Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Black Tea Leaves, Black Teas, China Pu Erh Black Tea, Chinese Black Tea, Yunnan Black Tea
Flavors
Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes, Caramel, Chocolate, Plums, Raisins, Wheat
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Caffeine
Low
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Brett
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Had this tea this morning. Saw that a lot of the notes mentioned chocolate being a main flavor. So I went in kinda expecting that, only to find I was totally off. xD Definitely off in a good way...” Read full tasting note
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  • “And I’m ending my night with this. It’s very nice and smooth, and I’m getting chocolate notes. It’s perfect. Now I’m looking up Tribute Tea’s website because I don’t know anything about the...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “thank you terri! for saving some of this for me. I am really enjoying this version of snaily tea. It’s sweet and malty and mostly just really great this morning. It’s got a pastry, honey sort of...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This is a lovely bi luo chun style black tea, very golden, nicely rolled up into the classic spring snail form. For my first cup, I steeped a tsp for a minute, which was weak. I sampled it again at...” Read full tasting note

From Tribute Tea Company

Yunnan is famous for producing some of the planet’s finest teas in its lush, verdant mountains. Golden Snail is particularly unique because it requires a tremendous amount of meticulous work to transform its premium raw leaf into this complex black tea.

Its unique style is taken from the famous Bi Luo Chun green variety from Jiangsu Province. Despite being a aesthetic display of master craftsman, Golden Snail imparts an impressive flavor profile as well. Soft aromas of wheat and cocoa precede sweet notes of raisin and plum…

Notes: cocoa, plums, raisins

Infusion: 200ºF / 93ºC for 1-2 minutes

Origin: Fengqing, Yunnan Province, China

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8 Tasting Notes

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736 tasting notes

Had this tea this morning. Saw that a lot of the notes mentioned chocolate being a main flavor. So I went in kinda expecting that, only to find I was totally off. xD
Definitely off in a good way though!
The steeping aroma smelled like sweet potatoes. And when I went to actually drink it, the taste itself was an amazing mix of sweet potatoes and malt. Think more malty than the other-but there was a good combo of both! Didn’t have the honey notes that a lot of teas have when they taste like sweet potatoes. But maybe that’s just because there was more maltiness and the malt might have made it less sweet…
But I dunno.
Either way this is a delicious tea! And in light of my last tasting note, it is another victory tea for my okay morning! XD
Thanks for the sample, Terri!!! So happy I got to try it! :D

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Brett

Very very interesting… I’m going to look for those sweet potatoes in my next sipping session!

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And I’m ending my night with this. It’s very nice and smooth, and I’m getting chocolate notes. It’s perfect. Now I’m looking up Tribute Tea’s website because I don’t know anything about the company and I’m interested in what else they have!

Thanks Sil/Terri!

Sil

I want to order from them when we come off hiatus…maybe once the dollar goes up…so we can do a joint order!

Cavocorax

Sounds good! :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I’ve been looking at their site. O.o

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10106 tasting notes

thank you terri! for saving some of this for me. I am really enjoying this version of snaily tea. It’s sweet and malty and mostly just really great this morning. It’s got a pastry, honey sort of thing going on, that is just the thing to kick off my really long day. I’ve got an overnight tonight with work, and if things go the way they usually, do… i’ll have been up since 5:30 this morning and won’t be sleeping until 9am ish on saturday. I’ll try to nap but it never seems to work.

Cameron B.

I’m having a snail as well! :D

Terri HarpLady

Always glad to encourage your happiness, my dear tea sister!
BTW, I think our pumpkin ginger tea is almost ready for pickup.
How ugh am I sending to you, half a lb?

Sil

LOL we’ll need to figure that out. I know we have to send some to dexter…sooo maybe not a whole half pound to me haha. Or you can um i dunno…send part in the next box and the other part later?

Terri HarpLady

She is packing it up in 2 8oz bags, so I figured 1 for you, one for me, LOL

Dexter

I know it’s precious, but will buy off of you whatever you are willing to part with. Just excited to get to try some of this. :)))

Sil

I’ll share mine with Dexter terri, was part of my plan anyway lol

bizbee1

I am not familiar with snail teas but see them a lot, how do they relate to assam? I am about to finish off some of that so I can buy something new!

Sil

that’s a tough one, since i’ve had such a wide variety of assams, whose flavour profiles were incredibly different from one another lol

bizbee1

yes how does a line relate to a cat or something! Oh well I’ll just have tot try some of both

Kittenna

Pumpkin ginger tea?! Custom blend from someone?

Sil

K – it’s the one from travelling tea that terri and i fell in love with last year.

Kittenna

No memory of that, but that’s ok! Was curious :D

Kittenna

Thanks :) Looks like that was during a time I was not reading notes, given that I don’t have a single like on any of your/Terri’s notes.

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This is a lovely bi luo chun style black tea, very golden, nicely rolled up into the classic spring snail form. For my first cup, I steeped a tsp for a minute, which was weak. I sampled it again at 3 minutes, & ended up giving it a full 5 minutes. The resulting tea was tasty, like a pale milk chocolate, a little honey, & pastry. I’m also getting that flavor that translates to coriander for me, commonly found in ‘Beauty’ teas.

I gave it a 2nd try, this time using 2 tsp for 3 minutes. The flavors are basically the same, with a little more pastry, a little more honey, etc. This is a pleasant & gentle tea, nicely refined & sweet. I kind of wish, in retrospect, that I had dumped the entire sample into a Gaiwan & given it the gongfu treatment, but I wanted to save some of it for my dear Sil, and so this is a sipdown. Tea Sister, I’ve officially started a new box for you :)

Sil

uh oh… lol i need to get through some of the other teas from the last 2 BBB’s!

Terri HarpLady

That’s ok, it will be awhile. Also, I’m begging you now, please don’t send me 5000 flavored teas in the next box, LOL

Sil

Hahaha no that’s over…. You said you wanted the adagio ones so you got them. Otherwise I RARELY send you flavoured unless they’re uber special :)

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This is really a fun tea, especially as I introduce it to new tea drinkers or those that have never seen it before… Not only is it curly and “snail-looking”, but it’s also orange and has notes of malty chocolate. It’s a great way to introduce Yunnan blacks to those that LOVE Indian leaves.

So anyway, I really like the aesthetics and could go on and on about how it unravels and the leaves are consistent and the cup is a deep orange, instead of the heavily oxidized reddish color…. BUT, we’re here to drink tea, so lets talk flavor:

Yunnan teas are well known for their chocolatey, malty, mocha flavors… This leave is no different. I definitely got a lingering hint of honey and perhaps another sweet note, caramel and/or dried fruits. None of these are overpowering or dominant, so it’s nice to find balance here. I was able to steep several times (5-6 in a medium sized gaiwan) and noticed that a gradual shift to grains and less sweetness ensued.

Really a pleasure to sip overall and I think that it’s worth revisiting the fact that the appearance for new tea drinkers will blow minds! A beautiful takeaway from the famous green tea, Bi Luo Chun, of Jiangsu Province, for those that don’t know…

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Plums, Raisins, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’m more of a pure green/oolong drinker but wanted to step outside my comfort zone and (not to sound cliche but) “boy, am I glad I did!!!” This black tea (which is a fully oxodized green tea – rather like a wolf in sheeps clothing in a good way) surprised me with its hot chocolate aroma and full, but not overwhelming, flavor. Due to its enticing aroma, this would make an excellent after dinner tea for anyone who has a sweet tooth and craves dessert after mealtime but doesn’t want the extra calories. This tea just went on my re-order list. and

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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