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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 is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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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.
You may learn more about black tea knowledge from our article:
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This is my old time favourite, one of the best black teas I ever had. Teavivre's 2014 version of this tea is quite gentle, so be careful not over steep it. Bailin is great tea for any time of the day, refreshing and mind-clearing. This is a must-have tea in my home collection!
The dry leaves are small and well formed, hardly broken at all, with a nice amount of golden coloring. I smell sweet chocolate malt when I open the bag. I steep my tea Western style, and usually add a bit of milk. This Gongfu is fruitier than some other Fujian teas I've tried, but it still has that lovely chocolate malt taste. Although the Bailin Gongfu is a very good tea, I would rate it slightly below the Golden Monkey, since it's a bit less smooth, with a small amount of bitterness.
The aroma is strong, blending roasted peanuts and sweet potatoes. It is not very sweet, but it is very rich, the leaves have body and depth. Sniffing them certainly will make you pay attention! Rich is certainly the catchphrase with this tea, because upon first sip I was struck with richness. It has a boldness that I usually associate with Indian teas, but with all the subtleties and sweetness you expect from a Fujian Red. The taste starts with stewed plums and sweetness then fades into roasted peanuts and cocoa. There is a delightful finish of sweet potatoes that adds to the richness.
Alright, here we go. My first unflavoured black tea for a long time, since I'm more into greens, whites etc. lighter teas and don't really like those strong flavours that shu pu'erh, black tea and other darker teas often have. But blacks will get a chance and this is the one that will either make me black tea drinker or they will just sit in my cupboard longer. Since Teavivres Tie Guan Yin made me light oolong liker in a second, I'm willing to try if this has the same effect. Dry tea looks really good, it has tiny leaves that reminds me a bit from Bi Luo Chun green tea. They're black/dark brown colored and some of them have golden hair on them. I can smell some chocolate and maybe some raisins in the dry leaf aroma, not so bad than I expected. I used Chinese gongfu method and my lovely 1dl porcelain gaiwan. I used fewer leaves that suggested since I think it's too much for most teas. 85C, lower than 100C that I'm used to. Wet leaves smell just like I remember black tea should, it reminds me of rye bread. Leaves are now chocolate brown in color and tea is reddish brown with orange hue. Tea smells same than wet leaves, but milder. And now the moment of truth, taste. Not that horrible actually, it has malty flavour and bit bitterness and astringency that bring nice refreshing layer but it's still quite sweet, honey like sweetness. It wansn't that bad, I drank it all. I can recommend it, but black did not become my favourite. But I will get my black teas finished.
This was actually the first Black tea from Teavivre I tried. It is very malty and yam-like, which is usually one of my favorite flavors in a black tea. This is more of a comfort tea for me and can see myself reaching for this tea when I have a bad day. Nothing I tried from Teavivre so far disappointed.
This is very high quality Bai Lin Gong Fu at a very decent price. I have been shopping around for this tea as I think it was one the finest chinese teas. Tea Vivre has the highest quality and best price that I have found.
Deliciously smooth. Malty, chocolatey, sweet. Highly recommended!
I’ve been so busy at work this week and it’s taking everything out of me. But if still been finding time for a steep or two of this baby every night. I think I’m on steep 5 or six right now, I don’t remember, but it’s still holding up. This is so fruity and cocoa and delicious. I’ll do a more in dept review when I have a chance to do multiple steeps in a sitting, but for now just know that I think I’m in love.
Malty caramel sweetness at first sip. Brisk astringent aftertaste. Hazy/Smokey floral aroma. Works both a breakfast tea and as something you'd curl up with while reading a book. Very nice.
This tea seems to be of good quality. The leaves have a nice aroma and look very good. The brewed tea, brewed western style, is very malty(not meaning chocolate malt) and just a little bitter. It is a good strong tea, very strong, not for the feint of heart. I brewed this tea with 4tsp leaf at 190 degrees water and 18oz water for 3 min.
Reply: The taste and aroma are similiar of the teas.
Reply: Dear Alice, first, in my opinions you should follow the instructions. For it was written by our managers with repeatedly taste. But if you have other choice, you can steep your tea as you like. Second, washing the teas will not only wake the leaves but it will wash away the impurities as well and it will clean the cups. For black tea, there should be a step to washing tea. (Only organic teas can not be washed) But the time of washing teas should be very short (about 2 seconds). More infomation about how to brew teas, you can browse tea info in our website.
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