Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This tea, with its rich caramel notes, is one worth drinking, although the quality and strength of flavor appear to be very responsive to brewing parameters. "|
Just by looking at Canton Tea company's Bai Lin Gong Fu, I could tell that this was a high quality tea. The leaves are long and gently twisted, revealing varying shades of browns and golds. The leaves are a bit downy and fluffy, certainly not as dry and crispy as many other black teas. The dry leaves exude a strong essence of tasty and caramel notes. I prepared several cups of this tea, tweaking the brewing parameters slightly for each cup. The result was almost always a delicious cup. When prepared to my likings, this tea is incredibly smooth and very sweet. The primary flavor that comes through is a decidely strong caramel which is rich, naturally sweet, and imparts an almost-velvety texture to the tea. While the caramel is the most noticeable flavor, there are more subtle chocolate, roasted, and grainy notes present as well. My only criticism with this tea is that a relatively large volume of leaves per cup is needed. When I prepared cups using the volume of tea leaves that I normally use, I found the cup to be bland and weak-bodied. But when I prepared this cup using an increased volume of leaves, the difference was amazing. In fact, after drinking this tea, I reviewed Canton Tea Company's website a bit more in detail and saw that they recommend using 2 teaspoons of leaves per cup of tea. I would definitely recommend using at least that amount of leaves per cup, otherwise the brewed liquid falls short of its full potential.
My experiences with Canton Tea Company, although limited, have been positive, and my most recent sampling of their Bai Lin Gong Fu is no different. This tea, with its rich caramel notes, is one worth drinking, although the quality and strength of flavor appear to be very responsive to brewing parameters. This is a black tea that, when prepared properly, is ideal for a breakfast tea, but is also enjoyable as an afternoon tea, or any other time of day, for that matter.
— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Bai Lin Gong Fu, 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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