Review: Canton Tea Co. Beeng Cha

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Thumbs up!"A light, floral, and interesting puerh to share with a friend who might balk at the funkier flavors of "cooked" puerh. "
Troy’s Teaview: 7/10
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I'm not 100% sure which Beeng Cha this is, but poking around I believe its the 2011 Canton Tea Co Special Puerh. The sample provided simply says "Beeng Cha", but other reviewers reviewing the same product have pointed to this as the tea, as will I.

The review came as three large flat chips off the beeng itself, which is rather nice. Usually when you get less than a whole beeng the tea has been broken up into smaller fragments and individual leaves. It smells rich, a bit musky, with hints of grass and roasted chard.

The bag suggested a 20 second steep time, and who am I to argue. Its fairly fragrant even after such a short steep, and a light, light yellow-green in color. The flavor is rather light, with elements of Lavender, steamed coles, and just the littlest bit of Tannin at the edge of the tongue on the finish.

The second steep I decided to steep for double the time to bring out some of the more tannic qualities of the tea. From this second steep there was an almost brine-like quality, tempered with stronger tannins and more of that lavender/vegetable flavor from the first steep.

I managed to get three more good steeps out of one large flake of this beeng, each a little more floral and milder than the next. This is a really good Puerh and I'd gladly buy it again if I were in the mood for a light, floral, and interesting puerh to share with a friend who might balk at the funkier flavors of "cooked" puerh.

— 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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