Dian Hong Golden Snail Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Chinese Black Tea
Flavors
Cocoa, Malt, Chocolate, Honey, Tea
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 5 g 22 oz / 665 ml

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  • “The first steep of this tea is quite yummy, malty cocoa goodness in a cup. The dry leaf looks a bit like chocolate gunpowder tea, the wet leaf smells like hay and cocoa. The problem I have with...” Read full tasting note
    74
  • “This tea has a subtle woody aroma. The taste is sweet and muted with flavors of honey and something else I can’t put my finger on. I am going to let it cool down some to see if it becomes...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “Because of my restricted tea budget these days, I’m always on the prowl for sales. This month (August 2019) happens to be Teavivre’s 8th anniversary. Coincidentally, it is also my 8th anniversary...” Read full tasting note
    95

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Dry leaves are tightly curled into snail shape, fat tea buds are covered with many golden tips. Compared with other black tea, the difference in appearance of this Golden Snail Black Tea is very obvious. It is made with Bi luo chun’s shape-making method, which is heavier to a certain extent, thus creating a snail-shaped dry tea. TeaVivre’s Golden Snail selected one bud with two leaves as raw material, the first time we smell the dry tea, we can notice its obvious pekoe scent. After brewing, the sweet ripe fruit aroma will give off immediately. The tea liquid is bright and clear, bringing a strong sweet honey aroma and a special chocolate fragrance. Take a sip, the liquid is very mellow and smooth. In addition, this tea can also blend with milk, honey and juice to get different taste experience.

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The first steep of this tea is quite yummy, malty cocoa goodness in a cup. The dry leaf looks a bit like chocolate gunpowder tea, the wet leaf smells like hay and cocoa. The problem I have with this tea is the amount of leaf I have to use to get that yummy taste and that the second steep is so watered down it’s like a different cup. I guess I expect this quality of tea to steep at least twice. When I have a light fluffy Oolong, green, or black tea, I don’t mind adding an extra scoop if it will give me a stronger brew. But when I have a dense tea like this, I guess I expect it to unfurl into lots of flavor, and I was just disappointed in this one.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

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This tea has a subtle woody aroma. The taste is sweet and muted with flavors of honey and something else I can’t put my finger on. I am going to let it cool down some to see if it becomes discernible. There we go, it was chocolate powder drink. As it cools, the honey taste fades and it is replaced by chocolate. It is very Nesquikian in its flavor profile at the cooler temp. I liked it and I am glad I tried it, but it is not something that will make it into my rotation.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Because of my restricted tea budget these days, I’m always on the prowl for sales. This month (August 2019) happens to be Teavivre’s 8th anniversary. Coincidentally, it is also my 8th anniversary for entering the scrumptious universe of loose leaf tea. When I saw ads for Teavivre’s anniversary sale, I considered it my destiny to make a purchase at this time.

I had never tried Golden Snail tea before. When I opened up the silver package, the leaves were dark brown and firmly curled with a multitude of golden points. The aroma was moderately rich and earthy.

I steeped the leaves according to Teavivre’s recommendations, eight minutes at 195 degrees. Actually, Teavivre recommends 194 degrees, but who’s counting? The brewed liquor had a deep amber color. The aroma had characteristics of a honey-like sweetness.

The taste of this tea was silky smooth with absolute zero astringency. It was full-flavored, yet mellow. An underlying sweet honey attribute was easily recognized but not disagreeable in any way. There also was an identifiable and quite pleasant Yunnan taste, which is one of my personal favorite tea flavors. The aftertaste was delicate and affable. It sweetly and quickly rolled off my palate.

This is a delicous and sweetly mild Yunnan black tea that I enjoyed at breakfast but could also be well-placed at brunch, lunch, and early supper. I would love to experience it with several Scottish tea biscuits (that I’m not supposed to have).

Flavors: Honey, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 8 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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