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Bailin Gongfu is the highest quality Fujian black tea. This Bailin Gonfu is a premium quality tea produced at Mt. Taimu in Fujian, and is crafted from Fuding DaBai and Da Hao trees. This delicious tea has a great refreshing sweet taste and fragrance.
Our Bailin Gongfu Black Tea meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products. View Quality Safety Analyzing Report
This year TeaVivre sell two versions of BaiLin Gongfu tea, both produced by the same producer from Mt. Taimu in Fujian province. Both are exceptional teas, with the main difference being that one is produced organically. This tea is their non-organic version, and provides buyers the ability to enjoy top quality Chinese black tea at a lower price.
Bai Lin Gongfu is a completely oxidised black tea. It is a “gongfu” (or “congou”) type of black tea, which indicates that it is hand crafted, with the leaf buds being twisted into thin, tight strips without them being broken. When dry, the tea has a sweet, caramel like scent and has a mix of black and golden-orange “pekoe” coloured leaf buds.
Black teas contain antioxidants, which help in the prevention of some cancers and help reduce the affects of aging that is caused by free radicals. They can also reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks due to natural chemicals that reduce cholesterol.
For more information on the remarkable health benefits of TeaVivre's Black Teas, see our article on Tea Health benefit.
When brewing BaiLin Gongfu, use water around 185ºF (85ºC) and infuse the tea for 2-3 minutes, depending on the required taste. This particular BaiLin Gongfu can be infused up 6-7 times before it begins to lose its flavour.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Tea.
Lin Jian, who is born in Fuding, Fujian, has been living under the environment of teas. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather are all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped to pick the tea after school at the tea picking time when there’s not enough people to pick the tea. The dream of engaging in tea business was came up at that time. He said: “My original idea is to make a good life for my family by tea business. But from 1993 when my tea business was gradually developed, I changed my mind. Fuding is the best place of planning white tea. So I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Through our contact with Mr Lin, we felt that he is a man of frankness, speaking quickly, walking quickly and working quickly.
Not exaggeratedly speaking, now Lin Jian is the first founder of Chinese white tea. He owns near 2800 acre high quality tea gardens in Fuding including 500 acre organic tea garden which is the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed the USA, Europe and Japan organic certification. He also owns 200 acre Jasmine tea garden in Guangxi. Meanwhile his heshan organic tea base was regards as the national agricultural standard base.
In 2010, his Bailin Gongfu black tea won the gold medal for black teas at the Tea King Competition in the city of Ning De.
Like our Silver Needle tea, TeaVivre's BaiLin Gongfu Tea is produced in the Mt. Taimu area, in Fujian province, on the south eastern Chinese coast.
This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing teas. The area has an abundant rainfall, with many misty days in spring, and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.
The history of BaiLin Gongfu black tea's is somewhat shrouded in mystery. The earliest documentation of BaiLin Gongfu black tea is in the “WuYi” historical document, written in 1851 in Fujian by a Chinese scholar call Dong Tiangong. In his document, he recorded “Gongfu” (sometimes written as “Congou”) as the name of a type of black tea produced in the Mt. Taimu area in Fujian, indicating that this tea was being produced in the area at that time.
In recent years, the production in Fujian and neighbouring provinces has rapidly moved from state-owned enterprises to private, local companies. This has resulted in a rapid increase in quality, innovation and production.
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Excerpt from my Steepster post:
There’s nothing well behaved about this. It’s loud and self assured. It marches into the room shouting, “BAI LIN IS HERE! HI FANS!” It’s not at all subtle, but it seduces me all the same.
But I expect you lot wants to know about my experience in more descriptive terms as well. The aroma is malty sweet and a bit grainy. I got a whiff of caramel, but only because the flavour told me to look for it. You see, this has a pretty good caramel-y note. It’s mostly in the aftertaste and it reminds me of the dulche de leche (an expensive and rare luxury) I had on toast for breakfast this morning. The body of the sip is all long and grainy and dark, but at the very front was where I found the real surprise. Sort of prickly, kinda floral and kinda almost pseudo-smoky! More floral than smoky, but it was definitely pointing vaguely in that direction.
The full post can be found here: http://steepster.com/Angrboda/posts/103705
I received this as a requested sample from Teavivre and I'm glad I did.Very dark green nearly black & gold, small dry leaf in the bag, smelling wonderfully of chocolate. Steeping to a cocoa/ malt flavored brew with a thick mouth feel. Very smooth without bitterness. Great value for the price!
A very rich tea, bold without being bitter, and smooth without being boring. Great for waking up in the morning. It's slightly sweet, but to me the primary note is tangy, spicy, and zingy, especially on the first steep. The malty undertones make this a very well-rounded brew. Very hearty, great for cold days.
I finally realized how amazing this tea is, after accidentally letting it steep for 15 minutes. Even after all that time, the tea wasn’t astringent, it wasn’t bitter, and the taste still actually held a bit of sweetness! There is no way in Hell I’ll ever go back to bording old tea bags!
Regardless, this tea is also interesting because of how balanced the flavor is. The primary flavor is caramel, but it’s not as sickeningly sweet as caramel is when you eat it alone. The sweetness from the caramel does not overshadow the other flavors, and acts as I nice contrast. I am certainly going to buy more of this when my sample runs out.
This review was originally published on Steepster by Joshua Smith on May, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Joshua Smith.
Very good tea, smooth, clear and easy to make, yet with very rich, spicy taste with noticeable cocoa aroma.
Brew: western style. tetsubin. 0.8ltr.
American chocolate dough cookies, that is just what this tea tastes like: a sweet, comforting tea, with a caramel/chocoalte taste. Pure heaven.
Superb afternoon tea.
Another black tea favourite from Teavivre!
A beautiful tea for the winter; warming and pleasant.
Smooth and mildly sweet throughout all the steepings, with a creamy finish. Starts off with a stronger, almost tangy barley-grain note, then mellows out over time and steepings to become more malty, with cocoa notes.
The liquor is rich and thick, a wonderful complement to the flavor profile of the tea.
I brew at 185 and 2:30 or 3:00, increasing temperature and duration on subsequent steepings.
tastes a bit too malty for me. but not a bad tea overall
This is perhaps my favorite tea ever. I, like others here, became interested after seeing how highly it was ranked on steepster, and I'm certainly glad I tried it.
This was one of the highest rated teas on steepster.com, so I thought I would give it a try.
Has a wonderful rich and earthy flavour with a slight sweetness to it.
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