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    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…


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    Conceptteas Silver Needle

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, covered in downy hair Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold Being a tea blogger is a lot of work but it does have its perks. One of them is having the opportunity to taste some truly amazing teas. Over the years I’ve reviewed hundreds of teas and Not all of them were memorable but a select few stand out from the crowd. This was one of those teas. I struggled to find the words to describe it but it was quite possibly one of the best examples of silver needle that I have ever tasted.…

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    Conceptteas 2013 New-born White Tea Cake

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, lots of downy buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold There are some teas that you hear about and dream of someday seeing. White tea cakes are definitely one of those elusive creatures for me. I was beyond thrilled when a kind introduction from +Jeff Fuchs led to one of them being sent to my door. It took a few weeks for me to find a time where I could really focus on tasting but I must admit to sneaking sniffs from time to time. The taste was mellow and sweet with delicate floral notes and…