Review: Canton Tea Co. Beeng Cha

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Thumbs up!"Grassy, grainy (hay) and earthy flavors are relatively subtle and highly enjoyable, even for someone like me who does not traditionally care for Pu-erh tea. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
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Okay, I admit it. I requested a sample of this tea without actually researching it first to see exactly what kind of tea it is. So it wasn't until I opened my sample to see a pressed cake of leaves that I realized that this was not my average every-day tea and that perhaps I needed to check the Canton Tea website to learn about what I was about to drink. As it turns out, this is a Pu-erh tea, which means that I, a self-proclaimed non-lover of Pu-erh, would probably not have requested this sample had I known what it was. But in the end, I am actually quite glad that I requested this tea, as it made me think twice about my Pu-erh stereotypes. Following the Canton instructions, I infused this tea at near-boiling (205 degree F) water for 20 seconds. This short infusion was enough time for the tea to take on a pale golden color. As with most teas, the color darkened over time, but still remained lighter than, say, a traditional black tea. Both the caked dry leaves and the brewed tea did not betray the Pu-erh roots, giving enough of that signature earthy aroma that I associate with this particular tea type. The big difference with this tea versus other Pu-erhs I have sampled, however, is that this tea's earthy flavor is much less pronounced. I believe I have used the terms "barnyard" and/or "stable" to describe the pungent flavors I experienced with some Pu-erhs, but these terms would be inappropriately applied to a description of this tea. Sure, there are grassy, grainy (hay) and earthy flavors here, but in the grand scheme of things, they are relatively subtle and highly enjoyable, even for someone like me who does not traditionally care for Pu-erh tea. I appreciated the lightness of this tea, which was an attribute I previously considered unattainable for a Pu-erh. This tea was fresh and light, with just a hint of a floral aspect too. I enjoyed several cups of this tea throughout the day, as it is good for multiple infusions, with subsequent infusions being similar yet perhaps a little lighter than the previous infusion. In all, ven though I was dismayed at the beginning of this review when I learned this was a Pu-erh, I walked away from this tea being very much satisfied, as well as having to re-think my opinion of Pu-erh as a whole. This is an outstanding offering and one I would recommend to others.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Beeng Cha, 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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