This was okay. I went through the entire bag I purchased, but I wouldn’t buy this again. The depth of flavor that I wanted wasn’t there. It was malty. Not a whole lot else. I wanted a lot more than it had to give me.
“This was okay. I went through the entire bag I purchased, but I wouldn’t buy this again. The depth of flavor that I wanted wasn’t there. It was malty. Not a whole lot else. I wanted a lot more...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown! (7 | 284) This was one of a few Teavivre black tea samples that I picked up just because I’d never tried them before. Not sure if they’re more recent additions to the lineup or if I just...” Read full tasting note
“I’ve been gravitating towards straight black teas almost exclusively for the last couple months, so I’m going through my Teavivre sample stash fairly quickly. This happens to be one of my least...” Read full tasting note
“ Samurai TTB #57 Michelle kindly included a sample of this one in the TTB for me. I’ve loved most of the golden snail-style black teas I’ve tried in the past, so I was eager to give this one a...” Read full tasting note
Compared to other black teas, the difference in appearance of this one is quite obvious. It is made in Bi Luo Chun’s shaping method, a heavier treatment that results in the curled snail-like shape of the dry leaves. This tea uses one bud with two leaves as the raw material; the first note on its scent is its rich pekoe aroma, which develops into a sweet, ripe fruity aroma when brewed. The liquid is bright and clear, bearing a strong honey aroma with a characteristic note of chocolate to it. The taste is mellow and smooth, and blends excellently with milk, honey, or juice.
Origin: Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China
Harvest Date: May 8, 2020
Plucking Standard: One bud with two leaves
Dry Leaf: Dry leaves were tightly curled into snail shape, fat tea buds are covered with many golden tips
Aroma: Sweet honey aroma, with dried longan and slight chocolate fragrance
Liquor: Clear amber color
Taste: Mellow and smooth, taste gentle with honey and special chocolate fragrance
Tea Bush: Yunnan large-leaf tea bush species
Tea Garden: An Shi Tea Garden
Caffeine: Less than 40% of a cup of coffee
Storage: Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place
Shelf Life: 36 Months
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Sipdown! (7 | 284)
This was one of a few Teavivre black tea samples that I picked up just because I’d never tried them before. Not sure if they’re more recent additions to the lineup or if I just missed them on past orders.
I wasn’t expecting a lot from this, as a lot of the ratings are quite mediocre, but I really like it. It’s very thick and malty with a nice chew to it, like a thick slice of soft wheat bread. Maybe the bread has a sprinkling of oats on top of the loaf as well. There’s a slight savory potato-esque flavor as well. And for sweetness, dark caramelized brown sugar and bittersweet cocoa notes along with some slightly tart dried fruit – prune maybe. It’s supremely smooth, without much earthiness to speak of, which I find a bit unusual for a non-golden Yunnan tea.
Anyway, yummy and satisfying! A bit golden monkey-esque perhaps? And it’s reminding me of French fries on some sips, which I’m not complaining about…
Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Malt, Oats, Potato, Prune, Savory, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Tobacco, Wheat
I’ve been gravitating towards straight black teas almost exclusively for the last couple months, so I’m going through my Teavivre sample stash fairly quickly. This happens to be one of my least favorite that I’ve tried. It’s not a bad tea by any means, it just pales in comparison to some of the others.
There’s a bit of malt and dark chocolate. But, the flavor dissipates from my mouth rather quickly, and lacks any complexity.
Samurai TTB #57
Michelle kindly included a sample of this one in the TTB for me. I’ve loved most of the golden snail-style black teas I’ve tried in the past, so I was eager to give this one a try! The aroma was very rich with notes of cocoa and honey. The tea brewed up a rich reddish brown with intense chocolatey flavor and a dense, almost chewy mouthfeel. I loved the first steep, but was disappointed by the second, as the flavor became quite thin and the aftertaste was pretty astringent. This is a great one-time steep but I wish I could get more out of it!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey
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
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
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