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Bailin Gongfu is the highest quality Fujian black tea. TeaVivre's have selected a 100% organic, gold medal winning example of this great tasting, handmade tea from Mt. Taimu in Fujian. This premium tea is made from Fuding DaBai and Da Hao trees. Naturally sweet with no bitterness, it requires no milk or sugar to enjoy.
Our Organic Bailin Gongfu Black Tea meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products. View Quality Safety Analyzing Report
TeaVivre's Organic BaiLin Gongfu black tea is a gold medal winning, premium tea from Mt. Taimu, in Fujian province. This particular tea is independently certified to be produced in a 100% organic fashion.
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 loose 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.
The particular BaiLin Gongfu Black tea that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet the following certifications:
USA Certified Organic in accordance with the USDA (National Organic Program) accreditation for organic farms, production and produce. USDA certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2012-03715.
Europe Certified organic in accordance with both EU regulations Article 29(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. Certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2010-03563.
Japan Certified organic in compliance with the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards) regulations for organic agricultural products. Certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2012-03738.
Their certifications have been independently verified by BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH - the organic certifier.
The Company also obtained ISO9001 quality and process management certification in 2003.
Like our Silver Needle tea, this 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 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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Transported by tea... this black tea is a most excellent balance of robust flavor and delicate aroma. I love it.
Love this tea. This is the third time I have ordered it. The subtle cocoa taste is nice, One of my very favoritee morning teas. And, the price is great!
Although this is a nice tea, I prefer the non-organic. I brewed this one Western style, and if I get any more, I’d try Gongfu brewing with short steeps. The organic is a little stronger, so some might prefer it, but I love the non-organic and next time I order, I’ll get that one. In fact, the non-organic Bailin Gongfu is one of my favorite blacks-it is one smooth cup of tea!
Black teas are hit or miss for me. This was a little more astringent and smokey than I would have liked. If you like hearty black teas, though, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
This is soft, smooth black tea, excellent when you'd like something light and tasteful.
I would suggest trying different brew durations - I like for example long steep for 15 minutes.
It is perfect for early morning tea or late night. Definitely worth the money.
This tea is awesome! It has a wonderful cocoa aroma and taste. It is an excellent self drinking tea, but is amazing with sweetener and/or lightener. My favorite tea!
A tea to drink in the morning for a gentle waking up.
Not aggressive and rather sweet, it has a nice aftertaste in the mouth. the first brew is really good.
I regret that the second brew loses this sweetness a bit but it's still good.
If you want a nice tea for breakfast, I recommend !
A truly wonderful organic black tea. I have been drinking this daily for a couple of weeks, and can find no fault with this tea at all. An excellent tea for the price! Consistently smooth with a hint of sweetness, just enough complexity to make it interesting each time.
This was my first Bailin Gongfu to date, and i have to admit I'm a big fan. I'll be coming back for more once my supply runs out. Thanks Travivre.
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