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It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Richmond. Sunny, not a cloud in sight and almost 70F – What a treat in early February! So, what kind of tea with which to celebrate this meteorological excellence? A happy cup of Golden Snail Yunnan seemed befitting to honor the day.
Oh my! What a delicious cup! The dry leaf itself is golden and gorgeous with a seducing aroma of chocolate. So chocolatey that I could easily imagine that cocoa had been sprinkled upon the leaf. Golden Snail has the strongest note of chocolate flavor of any non-flavored black tea that this unrepentant chocoholic has ever tasted! Along with chocolate, there are incredible notes of sweet maple syrup and malt. A hint of brown sugar, butter and a pleasant wisp of oak bring this cup to Yunnan tea perfection!
Whispering Pines, you’ve done it yet again – This Golden Snail is the perfect example of what makes Yunnans so great. Thank you!
Now, time for another cup of this lovely brew with which to enjoy this lovely, springlike Sunday in Old Virginia.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Cacao, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Oak

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmmmm chocolate :D just wait till you try North Winds ;-)

Teatotaler

You’re absolutely right. North Winds is one of my all time favorites – Another heavenly chocolate wonder!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Woot! :-) Have you tried the new NW version?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh just saw the review :-) yay! Glad you’re enjoying them!

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmmmm chocolate :D just wait till you try North Winds ;-)

Teatotaler

You’re absolutely right. North Winds is one of my all time favorites – Another heavenly chocolate wonder!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Woot! :-) Have you tried the new NW version?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh just saw the review :-) yay! Glad you’re enjoying them!

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“Anyone who has used that comforting phrase ‘a nice cup of tea’ invariably means Indian tea.” – George Orwell

Darjeeling is the tea that inspired me to begin my beautiful journey through the wide world of tea and will always reign supreme in my tea pantry! My first tea love, so to speak. I positively adore a truly great Darjeeling – Especially a good muscatel second flush! Autumn flush Darjeelings, I believe, have been under appreciated. I quite love them as well.

Indian tea is my overall preference, and second only to Darjeeling comes my next great tea love – Assam. Assam tea, especially a great second flush, single estate Assam can be exquisite. A malty, fruity and sweet, high quality, tippy Assam with subtle notes of cocoa sends me into tea ecstasy!

Apart from Indian tea, I cannot resist an excellent Keemun or Yunnan Dianhong tea. I must also admit to an appreciation of fine Ceylon teas – Especially high-grown Ceylons and top drawer low grown Ceylons like New Vithanakande – Fantastic! Ceylon teas make superb iced tea, I think.

As far as scented teas go I particularly love Earl Grey tea blends as well as black currant, vanilla, caramel, almond, floral and spice flavored teas. There is nothing better than a really good Masala chai!

I tend to enjoy rich and robust breakfast blends too – Love a nice English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast tea. Though I generally stay away from most bagged teas, I think that Yorkshire Tea, especially Yorkshire Gold, from Taylors of Harrogate is a delicious British brew!

I’m quite fond of various herbal teas too – Crazy about rooibos!

Organic tea is my preference whenever possible.

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