Monday, May 18, 2009

Canton Tea’s Bai Ling Gong Fu Review

Type: Black (a.k.a. Red)
Origin: Bai Lin, Tai Mu Mountain, Fu Ding County, Fujian Province
Price: Sample (regular price – £11.99 for 100g)
Vendor: Canton Tea Company
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 190°F-200°F, steeped for 3 - 4 minutes
Overall Score: 4.6 out of 5

The Bai Ling Gong Fu leaves are very beautiful to look at. They are long, twisted, rolled strips painted with yellows, oranges, and browns. Tiny hairs can be seen on the leaves. The leaves feel very soft and silky to the touch. The aroma of the dry leaves is subtle, earthy, and slightly smoky.

The liquor is a light yellow color. The aroma is a little smoky and woodsy. Along with the aroma of the dry leaves, the freshly brewed tea’s aroma is also subtle.

The taste is on the milder side of blacks. It is very smooth, crisp, and brisk. The tea still has the earthy/smoky tones in the taste that I could smell in the dry leaves. It is not bitter and actually rather refreshing. The after taste is a mix of caramel and honey like flavors.

If you are one who likes to add milk to your black tea, you might want to resist the dairy on this one because of the already mild taste.

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