Keemun Aromatic Snail Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Chinese Keemun Black Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Fruit, Earth, Jam, Stonefruit, Thick, Cherry, Green Wood, Molasses, Hay
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 11 oz / 332 ml

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The Zhuye (槠叶) tea trees for making this tea grow in tea gardens located 400m above sea level and only a single bud with one or two tender leaves is allowed to make this tea. The premium fresh leaves picked from Zhuye bush offer a clear, golden yellow color and a smooth, mellow and slightly sweet taste. This tea has a lot going on flavor wise – it has a long-lasting roasted sweet potato flavor which is easily accessible. The brewed leaves of Keemun Aromatic Snail Tea show purple bronze color and when touched with finger they are soft, delicate and elastic.

With spiral twisted leaves like snail, Keemun aromatic snail black tea is characterized by its long-lasting roasted sweet potato flavor and sweet, rich taste and durable infusing resistance.

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1119 tasting notes

I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve tried from TeaVivre. This is no exception. It’s quite complex and multidimensional, and was an extremely enjoyable drinking experience.
It’s thick and slightly savory. Notes of molasses and white flowers follow. Baked brown bread and raisins are in the finish.

Cameron B.

Teavivre is definitely one of my favorites for Chinese teas!

Courtney

Seconded!

ashmanra

Fourthed!

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1074 tasting notes

Another tea I always sort of thought was smoky and generally avoided (unless it was used as a base tea somewhere along the way and not identified). The leaves are the cutest mini curls!

Hmm. It’s not my favourite. It has hints of maltiness, but with a coppery-ness that I don’t prefer. The Lapsang Souchong had this too, but less in my mind, because I remember not being overly bothered by it. This tea comes off more savoury. Yes, savoury is the key word here. As I sip this cuppa, the coppery flavour falls a bit more to the background and more savoury-ness comes forward, but nothing in particular. It kind of feels like I’m drinking a veg broth. A high quality veg broth haha!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Yet another sample from Teavivre that I have to make note of because it is so delicious. I’ve had a hankering for unflavored blacks lately. Is this a thing? As one’s tea journey progresses, flavored teas fall out of favor? I feel like it is, indeed, a thing. I still love flavored teas, though. I don’t think that will change completely.
Anyway, I was perusing my tea cabinet this morning, and realized I needed to dip into my stash of samples in hopes of finding a tea I felt like drinking. Came up with this one and it was the perfect thing. Sweet, mellow, comforting, strong scent of, well, black tea. I loved it. So much so, in fact, that I went to Teavivre to buy some. I don’t think I’ll be getting it, though, as they are currently only shipping from their US warehouse to US destinations, and this tea didn’t seem to be on the warehouse list.
The current coronavirus crisis really brings home how globally interconnected we are, and how, eventually, everything gets affected. Even the tea in your cup. Here’s hoping this outbreak is short lived.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I believe that, yes, it is a thing to start to crave unflavored teas as we grow in our tea journey! Although everyone is different so I am sure there are many exceptions. I still love a good scented jasmine and because of guests I drink a lot of flavored tea. This is a very good tea, indeed.

ashmanra

Also, Angel has mentioned that new cases are decreasing, the tea harvest is expected to begin, and stores are re-opening so they will probably be open very soon!

Sakura Sushi

Fingers crossed!

Sakura Sushi

Just a quick note to say my tea arrived! Teavivre came through, and I’ve been enjoying this tea so much, I’m even cold brewing the spent leaves to get the most out of it.

ashmanra

Hooray! I need to order soon!

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12287 tasting notes

Straight black for this morning – super delicious today. Malty, cocoa like hints and generally just a smooth enjoyable cup.

ashmanra

This really is a great Keemun…

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Ugh… I don’t know why, but I feel so tired this morning. It’s 10:30, and I still want to go back to sleep! XD Hopefully more tea will start to perk me up a bit.

This tea actually reminds me of a Taiwanese black. It has noticeable waffle-like cinnamon and honey notes, along with a nicely fruity flavor. It does also have the thick and satisfying malty sweet potato and bread notes that I would expect from a Yunnan black. There’s a touch of savory flavor, along with a smooth and mellow earthy undertone. And perhaps a wisp of a floral note at the end of the sip?

I guess I don’t know enough about Keemun to recognize which notes are characteristic of this type of tea… Luckily, I went crazy when TeaVivre had their samples sale, so I now have several of their Keemun varieties to try!

Anyway, this is a thick and satisfying Chinese black that makes me think of soft toasted bread drizzled with honey and perhaps a touch of apricot or plum preserves, and sprinkled with cinnamon.

A definite nom.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Earth, Floral, Honey, Jam, Malt, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i did the same thing even though i’ve tried a lot of their blacks already…gave me an excuse to just have small quantities of a lot of straight blacks in my cupboard :)

Cameron B.

I think that makes perfect sense when you can get a 14g sample for $1-2! Variety is the spice of life.

I’ve actually tried most of them already too, but at this point it feels like it was in another life! XD

tea-sipper

I LOVE to have smaller quantities of many teas, so this was the ideal sale for me. If it wasn’t just on the black teas I would have been in REAL trouble. Of course, Teavivre probably just wanted everyone to get addicted to their teas through their samples all over again. :D

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164/365

I finished off my bag of LP’s This Keemun is BS yesterday, and so I had to replace it with another keemun. This one is malty, with a streak of juicy fruitiness. It’s not astringent, as such, but slightly drying, and perhaps not quite as smooth and jammy as I’d hoped it would be.

It more than lives up to the “aromatic” part of its name, with a beautifully floral scent. I don’t get a lot of floral in the flavour, except maybe very slightly in the aftertaste. I’m glad of that, though, since floral in general isn’t something I particularly enjoy in tea.

I like this one, but I’ve definitely had keemun I prefer. It’s a bit too middle of the road to really stand out, but pleasant enough. Probably not a repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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OK, that was an interesting tea. I mean, it looks interesting: nice little snails. Not much of an aroma though, and the taste is very mild and smooth. Some cherry, young green wood and bird-cherry. The flavor is quite distinct and it really…non-Keemunish. It also lingers nicely.

So, I don’t know. It was a sample and this tea really calls for being tried several times before a valid opinion can be formed. It certainly not a bold breakfast tea, but it also is not a tea for slow attentive sipping – the taste is not that complex. It is probably a drink for a special mood, and I do not know how often I will be in a mood for bird cherry or cherry.

Flavors: Cherry, Green Wood

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Purchased a sample. Prepared in a gongfu session with a porcelain gaiwan. Followed Teavivre’s steeping instructions: flash rinse, 10 seconds, 15, 15, 25, 35, 60.

I was not expecting to be blasted by such a cocoa bean-like aroma from the dry leaf. So sweet, a touch bitter. The heated leaf uncannily resembles those times in which my house is filled with the smell of brownies in the oven, then you take those brownies a douse them with chocolate syrup. Hit with hot water, the leaf initially smells of sweet potato skin, clove, and malt. Later in the session, the aroma comes back to cocoa.

The liquor is a beautifully clear golden orange and has a full body and smooth texture. The flavor profile doesn’t undergo change throughout the session. From the first infusion to the end, I taste honey, molasses, and sweet potato (no skin), leaving me with a grain-like aftertaste and a slightly dry mouth.

This is another excellent hongcha offering from Teavivre. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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This selection has an interesting name. I’ve never associated snails with tea before. I do like escargot, so why not? I am now curious. I need to do some research to learn how this tea got its name.

When I opened the silver sample package, the smell inside was very rich, sweet, earthy, and pleasant. I steeped the full black leaves at 185 degrees for five minutes as recommended on the package.

The brewed result was a bright gold color. The aroma was like SWEET sweet potatoes.

I have to say, this was the first time I could easily identify the flavor of sweet potatoes in a tea. Although prominent, this taste was congenially complimented by attributes of molasses and honey. These flavors blended harmoniously. They also seemed to desire to be individually acknowledged. I could taste them moving in and out of the flavor forefront.

Initially my palate thought there might be a twinge of astringency present. However, the old taste buds settled into a nice smooth ride by the third sip. The brief after taste also presented nothing negative to upset the experience.

This is a smooth and amiable black tea for morning consumption without a blowtorch. If you need to be slapped awake when you start your day (as I often do), you might want to save this one for lunch. Either way, you’ve got yourself a winner!

Flavors: Honey, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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What I found surprising about this tea was that it didn’t fit the flavor-profile that I typically associate with Keemun—there’s no smokey aftertaste. Instead I found it to be rich, full-flavored, and sweet with a slight floralness that hangs on the tongue. It was really unexpected and before I knew it my cup was gone. Before today if you had asked me if I enjoyed Keemun I’d likely have told you that it wasn’t one of my favorites, even though I do occasionally fix a cup, but this tea really has changed my opinion about what a good-quality Keemun should be.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2016/11/29/tuesday-tea-keemun-aromatic-snail-black-tea-teavivre

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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