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Green Tea
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Butter, Caramel, Cream, Grass, Oats, Soybean, Vanilla, Vegetal, Chestnut, Spinach
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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Silver Snail is a gorgeous Autumn-picked green tea from Yunnan, China. The varietal used for this tea is assamica, meaning that the leaves are larger, thicker, and with a bolder flavor than the usual style of Chinese green tea, most of which uses a small-leaf varietal.

This medium-bodied green tea opens with creamy edamame and oat, with a chewy and very stimulating mouthfeel. Vanilla notes build throughout each steep as well as a very light gardenia note. Mid-sip presents a gorgeous butterscotch note that lingers long into the finish.

This tea is also a brilliant example of how the right balance of bitterness and astringency can be very enjoyable and keep you coming back for more! Keep infusion times short at first, and slowly increase them throughout the session. This tea will infuse many times, and the aftertaste lingers for a VERY long time.


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I decided to brew this one gongfu style, following Brenden’s instructions online.

It opens with notes of cream, soybean, and oat. The first few steeps are lighter on the tongue and as I continue steeping it gains thickness in body. It becomes more buttery and vegetal, developing some light butterscotch-caramel tones. The finish is clean and a little grassy. Unfortunately, with each infusion I can’t help but notice the bite of astringency. It only seems to intensify. Those who read my tasting notes know that I’m not overly fond of green teas. I’m not particularly fond of astringency or bitterness, either, though sometimes I can ignore it. This is a case where it becomes impossible to ignore and it kind of ruins in the experience for me. I’m really sensitive to bitterness. It’s a shame, because I like the flavors I’m finding in this tea. I’m just finding it very hard to get past the bite. Maybe I should pass this one on to someone who likes greens more than I do. To me, it tastes very similar to Laoshan Green, though perhaps a bit lighter.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cream, Grass, Oats, Soybean, Vanilla, Vegetal


It sounds like you may well have heated the water a little too much, and indeed might be using too high a temperature for all green teas, as this will bring out the distinctly undesirable astringency found in green tea. Bringing to before a boil, and then adding a little fresh water to cool is a good traditional method. I think you’ll find that with a cooler temperature you can experience more sweetness and less astringency. I am a person who loves light oolong, green and white teas, but high astringency really puts me off!


On an added note, usually the temperature advertised for a green tea is too high. Almost always. Give it a try.
Also, be sure not to use a lid while steeping or while not, as the steam cooks the leaves and degrades the infusion, for green teas, which also increases astringency.

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This tea has strong butter/chestnut notes and a bit of spinach notes. It has a bit of bitterness to it that’s not entirely unpleasant but not something I usually like in my green teas. I might try this one with less brewing time for next time.

I know this is quite a quick review but I think I’m having caffeine overload and might have to eliminate teas for a few days and then only stick to 1 or 2 cups a day. I am just not feeling myself lately. As for this tea, there are some elements of this tea which I tend to love in green teas (butter, chestnut, spinach) but the bitterness is throwing me off.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Spinach

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I reduce the number of pearls or rolls in green teas, to avoid the bitterness, and then I’m a little more patient with the steep time. Pretty good results so far. I hate green bitter.


:O Bittergreen!

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Such cute little tea leaves! Like golden snail but silver instead (bet you would have never guess that from the name, LOL). Super grassy tea, this almost punches your tastebuds with the vegetal flavor. Delicious! But be careful not to oversteep or walk away from the brewing leaves for too long or it has a tendency to take on a bitter aftertaste.


another one for the ever-growing wishlist for that WP order in the distant future :D


I’ve been resteeping it all day – delicious!!!

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Wow, I’m the first to review this tea here. Pressure. xD Just is kinda lame since I’m not a green tea fan, unless they are genmaicha or it’s a flavored tea that hid the grassy taste I usually get from green teas.
Added this to my last WP order because I was just under the free shipping mark and this was pretty cheap with the discount. I planned on trying it once and sending it off to Albertocanfly, who loves green teas. xD I’m sure she will give this a much better review!
First off, this is an adorable tea, I really love how it looks. It’s just so cute like the Golden Snail, except it’s green. _
Now for how it actually tasted; the first cup of this tea was super light. Steeped it the exact time that it said on the bag and I couldn’t figure out what it tasted like. I spent about ten minutes trying to just think of what that first cup tasted like. Finally I gave up and brewed up another cup, because I just had to figure out what it tasted like.
Steeped it for a bit longer and decided that it tasted a lot like spinach, just like the aroma when it was steeping. The second cup was stronger, but not too overwhelming. I love spinich, but in tea form it doesn’t really work for me.
All this to say, it was an alright green tea. I’d drink it if I were stuck with it. But I would rather send it to someone who I know will love it!

P.S. Albertocanfly, you should be super proud of me for trying another green tea! XD And I’m pretty sure you will love this one, then you can come back and write a better tasting note than this one! XD I’m sending this in your next package! :D

Flavors: Spinach

Cameron B.

I get spinach notes from a lot of green teas, especially Japanese ones.


Really? I usually get grassy notes. xD But I don’t like either haha!


I have drank this tea twice, but can’t seem to give it an official note. I got more of a steel cut oats and bok Choy flavor to it.

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