Review: Chicago Tea Garden Golden Bi Luo

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Thumbs up!"This tea was almost puerh like in both in taste and it’s ability to withstand multiple infusions."
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chicagogoldendauChicago Tea Garden is one of my new favorite tea vendors. I recently ordered a couple of tea cups and a whole bunch of samples from them. I love that they package their samples with a card for writing tasting notes. It certainly came in handy when trying this unusual tea. I prepared it using a gaiwan and successive one minute steepings. The dry leaves were varied shades of brown with silvery white hairs visible. Each leaf was rolled into a snail shell-like curl. According to their website, this unique shape is created by using three different hand movements in a heated wok. They did not have a noticeable aroma to them prior to steeping.

Once completely unfurled, the mostly whole leaves were a uniform chocolate color. This tea was almost puerh like in both in taste and it’s ability to withstand multiple infusions. I reached seven infusions before I thought that I had gotten all that I could out of it. I had the feeling I could have squeaked out a few more weaker infusions as well. The flavor was complex and evolved with each and every infusion. It started out earthy and nutty and changed to a rounder and more gentle flavor that had hints of vanilla. I would definitely recommend this tea.

— To purchase Chicago Tea Garden Golden Bi Luo, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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