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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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A strong-tasting tea with a chocolately aroma and bit of a dark chocolate note to the taste of the liquor, along with a great deal of flavour I think of as "default high quality China black". Has enough fuzzy golden tips to give the liquor a smooth, pleasant thickness in the mouth. It made an enjoyable cup!
Very direct tea, with smoke feel and deep taste. Excellent for every day drinking. Good value for money.
I received it as a free sample and I really enjoy it! great black tea
Thanks Teavivre! I had to try the new harvest of Bailin Gongfu! Though slightly different than I remember the harvests being years ago, I think this is closer to being like those harvests than the last couple of years. The flavor is richer and more pleasant than the last couple years... it just wasn't the same tea. I'm happy with this harvest though! The dry leaves have hints of gold to the leaf and a lovely strong molasses scent. I'm not sure if it was because I steeped for three and a half minutes, but the flavor is deep, rich, yet very sweet, not so dark I would call it chocolaty though. The flavor is like molasses, also with that unique flavor that I could only find in Bailin Gongfu previously. It's almost like the unique flavor that Keemun has, but not quite. The second steep has quite a lot of sweet and juicy quality to the brew too. I'm happy that this harvest is so delicious like the original harvest I tried (not quite exactly the same, maybe not as unique as the first harvest, though I've tried MANY teas since that first Bailin Gongfu). Though this is only a sample I've got right now, I wouldn't hesitate to stock up on Bailin Gongfu once again. Harvest: 2016 Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 1/2 minute steep Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
I bought this as a sample pack, and am definitely buying more! I brewed it eastern style (190degrees starting at 30seconds, getting longer and hotter with each steep) and it was outstanding. Went through 16 steeps before color and taste faded out and got too bitter. Starts out with a bright mahogany cup, light forest scent with malt notes. The flavor is rich earthy/nutty with caramel/malt undertones. As you go through the steeps it mellows to a deeper roasted maple/nutty taste. The color stays strong and it develops a bit more astringency around 12-13 steeps, but still good, more like a weak hazelnut coffee. If you like a good full body black tea, this is a great one for you. Would be great for an afternoon tea, or a dinner tea. Nice strong flavor holds up well with food, but can be overpowered by sweets.
2016 Harvest - WOW!, Smokey-Sweet. Similar to Tan Yang Gong Fu but much bolder. Also extra seeps. My new favorite black tea.
I've been bringing this to work each day, and its fantastic! My review won't be as detailed, for this was done while panicking from one crisis to the next. The leaves are these small delicate little curls, and they have a wonderful aroma. I can spot small gold dusting among the ebony tendrils. They give off a potent scent of dry chocolate and dark wood. The brew is nice and heavy with some decadent tones. The initial sip is thick with warm dark chocolate syrup. The flavor then moves into smooth dark wood with slight malt. This brew isn't incredibly complex, but it is wonderfully tasty. Also, the brew is pretty durable, so I had no fear of oversteeping (even when I would forget my cup somewhere). I really like this tea, and I'm sad to see it go. I'll be searching through the stash for another one that makes the "cut" for work tea.
Fabulously malty tea that's smoothly sweet and has an edge of fruity sharpness. Very similar to one of Teavivre's other Fujian teas, Golden Monkey, with bread and cake notes to the aftertaste - but I find Bailin Gongfu just a little bit more muted, smooth and darker tasting. Like Golden Monkey, this also lasts through a lot of infusions whilst keeping a lovely strong taste. One of my must-have favourite black teas.
This was my favorite tea in 2013. Sweet caramel flavor and distinctively different from other Teavivres teas although I sampled quite a few. In 2014 tea was much different from 2013 and a lot more similar to other teas. Also while 2013 batch was completely black leaves, the 2014 was mix of black and golden. Lovely tea but too much variation between different years.
I wanted to try the 2015 sample of the Bailin Gongfu! But I could swear the leaves look the same as the Golden Monkey as the other day. Maybe this was a mislabeled sample? Is the Bailin that similar to the Golden Monkey? I don't remember any gold on the leaves from past harvests of Bailin Gongfu but these is a lot of gold in these leaves. And the flavor is similar to the Golden Monkey - definitely not like Bailin Gongfu I remember. It doesn't have the flavors that I would think to find in a Bailin Gongfu. This is malty, milk chocolate, a little cedary, hints of red wine, a bready note. The color of the brew is a deep red. So I'm not sure how accurate this review will be, but here it is. Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 13 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep Harvest 2015
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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