In a previous post I shared some basic information about Bai Lin Gong Fu.
The dry leaves…
Were beautifully twisted and consisted of mainly fuzzy golden tips with occasional flecks of brown, black and coppery colors. They had a sweet, piquant aroma that was bright and spirited. A crazy combination of freshly cut fruit wood, ever-so-slightly damp moss, caramel, tomato stem and with subtle malty, biscuit and tobacco back notes. Remember I did say crazy combination! The overall effect was quite fragrant and I was excited to discover what the flavor profile of the liquor would be.
My water temperature was 195 degrees Fahrenheit. I used 7 grams of tea with 150 milliliters of water and steeped the leaves for three minutes. However, these parameters have more to do with personal taste. The lengths of the infusions are dependent upon personal preference for either a weaker or stronger infusion. I suggest if this is your first experience with Bai Lin Gong Fu start with a shorter infusion time.
In my cup…
The wet leaves had a rich aroma- more suggestive of bread and they continued to show that same woody character that I smelt in the dry leaves. Under that was a sweet fruity something that I couldn’t quite place, but it made me think of jelly. I kinda played around with several of the wet leaves and several of them had a bit of a coffee edge. The clear liquor was a bright burgundy color with subtle golden highlights, with a thick and smooth texture. It was very balanced and smooth with no astringency or dryness. A very smooth Chinese black tea.
Bai Lin had a soft flavor profile with an underlying sweetness that is characteristic of only a few premium Chinese black teas. It had a smooth texture with a long, soft, mellow aftertaste, which pleasantly lingered. There was also a dry mouth feel with this combination. In the end an exceptionally delicious tea that had a great refreshing sweet taste and fragrance. Needless to say, since I am a lover of classic Chinese black teas, this was a PERFECT and RESOUNDING 5!!!
All teas will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 for dislike and 5 as love:
- Dislike (I didn’t like the tea and would not repurchase)
- Passable (I didn’t dislike the tea, but I didn’t think it was very good)
- Average (I didn’t find it good or bad and would drink it again)
- Good (I liked it but it and may repurchase)
- Love (I enjoyed it lot and would repurchase)
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