Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Conceptteas Bailin Gongfu

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with some golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep reddish brown

Although not currently listed on their website separately, this tea is part of the Four-Virtue Feast gift set. The leaves were teeny tiny with lots of golden tips throughout. I know they don't add much more than aesthetics but I just love a pretty tea. Its taste was sweet and somewhat fruity with no bitterness or astringency. Winey notes and a subtle maltiness made for a very comforting cup. A touch of honey might be nice if you have a craving for sweet but milk would not be recommended here. Using a gaiwan is always my default but I think this tea would perform well if brewed in a western fashion. The white teas that I've tried from +Conceptteas have been extraordinary so it is definitely worthwhile getting this collection of teas and seasonal tins. Their silver needle is one of the best that I've ever had!

Bailin Gongfu sample provided by Conceptteas.