Review: Canton Tea Co. Bai Ling Gong Fu

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Thumbs up!"Smooth, rich, and very flavorful. The primary flavor that I picked up on was a caramel-honey flavor, although there was a certain malty quality as well. "
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cantonteabailinCanton Tea Company specializes in Chinese-origin tea. The Bai Ling Gong Fu is from the Fujian Province and the reviewed tea is a Winter 2008 harvest. While most black (or red) teas look pretty much the same, this tea is by far the most interesting black tea I have seen in a while. The leaves are long, wiry and tightly curled, but what makes these leaves unique is the color: the tea has interesting shades of brown and orange and the leaves are much paler in color than your average black tea. This tea has a wonderfully sweet aroma. I brewed the tea using ample leaves and infusing for three and a half minutes (the Canton Tea website has specific instructions on how to brew this tea, including suggestions for multiple infusions). The brewed tea has a reddish-brown color and a strong malty aroma. This tea is a hearty, medium-to-heavy bodied brew with a sweet and rich flavor profile. The primary flavor that I picked up on was a caramel-honey flavor, although there was a certain malty quality as well. Because this tea was so naturally sweet, there was no need to add any sugar. I personally didn't add milk to this tea, but a splash of milk or cream would probably enhance the richness of this tea. This tea seems most appropriate as a breakfast tea, although it could reasonably be enjoyed at any time of day. Canton Tea Co. states that these leaves are good for 3 to 4 infusions; unfortunately, because I was taking this tea with me on the road, I was unable to test that. Still, my first (and only) infusion was smooth, rich, and very flavorful.

This website is set up for sales to England, with prices listed in pounds, but I am sure they would also ship to USA and Canada.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Bai Ling 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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