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91
drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
237 tasting notes

My last bit of this from the sample pack, and I’m sorry to see it go! Caramely, thick and rich orange-brown liquor, needing help from no additives to be absolutely delicious. Possibly my favorite discovery from the Canton Tea sampler special they had on a couple months ago.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
237 tasting notes

I guess I can tell which of the samplers I’ll be reordering by noting how nervous I feel when the pack starts to get empty… This is one of those. It’s got such a nice and sweet dried fruit quality to it, and with the holidays coming round it feels like the right tea for the moment. Really happy to have discovered this one!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
237 tasting notes

Time for another serving of the Darjeeling that’s not a Darjeeling, as I’m beginning to think of this one. It’s got a very similar caramel/muscatel scent and flavor to it, and today I tried to puzzle out how the two varieties differ. From what I’ve tasted so far, I think the Bai Lin Gong Fu has more of an earthy and starchy sweet potato-like sweetness to it, similar to what I’ve found in The Simple Leaf’s Dawn or Samovar’s Hawaii-Grown Black. I also think that the Darjeelings I’ve had have been a little more astringent than this tea, which is very smooth, even at fairly long first steepings (four to five minutes). One of these days I’ll have to do a side-by-side tasting and see what I find out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
237 tasting notes

Second tasting of this sample from Canton Tea – this time I’m really struck by the sweet, dried fruit aroma of the dry leaf. The liquor steeps up to a lighter brown; between that and the lighter color of the leaves themselves I’m really reminded of the Darjeeling style.

The tea is so wonderfully sweet, and lacks any astringency or bitterness. The flavor is deep in fruit and has a little malt too, and I’m once more getting an aftertaste reminiscent of dried peach/apricot, as I did last time. Straight up, it is such a soothing and delicious cup that I don’t think I’ll be trying it with additives for fear of losing any of its best traits.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Tabby

This sounds really interesting. Might have to check it out!

Adham

One way to think of it – if you like Darjeeling, this would be a nice side-step from that style.

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91
drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
237 tasting notes

Excited about the Canton Tea Co sampler which arrived over the weekend! I’ll start my Monday morning with what sounds like a good breakfast tea. The dry leaf is pretty, with orange highlights in the long brown strands, and their aroma is very nice – there’s a sweetness there which reminds me a little of Darjeeling. We’ll see what comes out in the steeping…

Mmm, this tea smells really, really yummy – I’m definitely getting the caramel that other tasters have noted. The liquor is a medium-brown and on first taste is great. The caramel is there, and the natural sweetness of it means I won’t be adding any sugar to it. In addition, underneath that flavor, I’m getting something akin to fruit flavors; peach and nectarine are those which come to mind. This one’s a keeper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Would you buy more based on the sample? Just curious. :-)

Adham

If I didn’t, it would only be because of some reason unrelated to the tea (exorbitant shipping costs, for example). It was one of those teas that made me notice each sip for its tastiness, even I’d begun the sip focused on something else. In short, yes!

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67

Pleasant if a little shallow. Better than some cooked puerh I’ve had that border on fish market pungency. A great introductory shu puerh; earthy, cooling, smooth though not as complex as I want it to be.

Shu+

Cofftea

How is this? I’m suspicious since Pu Erh is supposed to be Chinese…

cultureflip

meh. its ok. not nasty like some other shu but not really good either.

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85
drank Mi Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
358 tasting notes

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Rijje

I can’t wait to my sampleset arrives!

Ricky

Samplers are so much fun! More companies have to jump on board and start producing sampler packs.

Rijje

…every company should have samplers (and cute sampler tins!)

Ricky

Instead of plastic / foil baggies?

Yeah, only company that packs sampler tins I can think of is Adagio.

Cofftea

Actually as a person who has almost exclusively sample sizes (2oz and smaller), while cute is attractive, I’d rather have resealable opaque bags. Those tins are just too cumbersome to store when you have as many as I do! lol. But then again most people probably don’t have as many as I do lol.

Paul M Tracy

I should just sign off Steepster until I can get to my Canton sampler pack. (It’s sitting on my office desk while I’m away.) The tea-envy is getting to me.

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94

Okay…it’s been a HELLISH Day! So…in short with more reviews later…
DRY smells like fresh cut zucchini and once infused smells like a mellow green or white tea. Taste is REALLY yummy…

COOL (eventho I am drinking HOT), Cucumber-like, nutty, crisp, clean, delightful!!!!

Cofftea

Cucumber and nutty… what an odd combo!

TeaEqualsBliss

Odd is GOOD

LOL

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87

Yummy, Fruity (but no actual fruit), Mouth-watering Goodness! Upping the rating and share with friends…see my previous reviews!

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87

Floral and honey notes, certainly! But what I also find interesting about this is…the scent. The scent reminds me of being out in nature…like in the middle of the woods or even on a beach…those familiar nature-smells! Then when you taste it…it’s not really what you expect…altho even more pleasant. There is a soothing and lingering yummy aftertaste, too!

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80

Even better than I remember. Very intense flavor.

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80

Enjoyable. Strong honey notes. I prefer Canton Tea Co’s Magnolia Blossom Dan Cong, however, this tea may be more accessible.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Simply exquisite. Sweet, with a bit of a tingly “shocker” in the finish. I am overwhelmed by this tea.

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100

Still working with this tea, but it already seems remarkable.

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86

Creamy, Tangy, and a little semi-sweet grassy type taste. Light and Clean. Very nice!

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76

My cup today is the first from my new Yixing pot, which I seasoned overnight. I still think that clay is the best material for brewing Chinese and Taiwanese teas.

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