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91

Very light, clean and delicious. Starts out floral, but takes on a savory note in the finish. Intriguing.

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85
drank Jasmine Pearls by Canton Tea Co
1765 tasting notes

For this review I decided to brew this tea using a two-cup glass teapot. Canton Tea Co’s website suggests using 1 tsp of pearls per cup, which is difficult to estimate using pearls, so I believe I added about 35-40 of the small pearls to the teapot. Continuing to follow the directions, I steeped the pearls about three minutes, stopping to taste the tea after two minutes (the website had recommended 2-3 minutes).At two minutes, the taste really wasn’t very far developed, but I could already tell that this was one very sweet tea.
With the dry pearls, one could very much smell the jasmine, yet the scent was not overpowering, nor was it almost sickly-sweet, as some teas are that contain jasmine. The aroma of the brewed tea was even less bold and had an even softer nose, with only faint hints of jasmine.
Upon taking the first big sip, the tea flow smooth and thick across the tongue, and the fruity sweet taste of jasmine infiltrated my entire mouth. If a flower could be described as being delicious, this would be the epitome of such a description. The amount of jasmine is enough to lend great character to the tea, while not completely dominating it.
The website recommends steeping this for at least three separate infusions. I most certainly shall.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate this tea an 85/100.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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79
drank Anji Bai Cha by Canton Tea Co
14 tasting notes

Smells good. Looks exactly like dried grass clippings. It has a light, very slightly grassy taste. No complaints. Very solid white tea. I think I could drink it all day… and just might.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89

Fruity, smoky, sweet, and weirdly robust, yet refined. Delicious, but one of the strangest teas I ever tried.

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93

Extraordinary tea. Everything a good Keemun should be. Winey. Slightly smoky. Wonderful.

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91

Sweet and delicate almost a sugary finish…all other notes seem to still apply from my previous post

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91

Silver Needles are beginning to bore me…
It’s almost like the new Earl Grey – everyone seems to have one, ya know!?

BUT

Canton has a LOVELY Silver Needle! Very crisp and clean and YUMMY!
Makes your mouth water and you crave more!

Delish!!!

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98

Sipdown #5 of the day! I LOVE THIS ONE! I’m missing this already!
This is certainly in my Top 50 teas of all time!

I love the tomato-E, Artichoke-E Bread-E type aroma and taste to it. Makes me want Brichetta

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98

Brilliant in EVERY WAY! Check out my previous notes! LOVE this one!

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98

Finished up the last of this in my stash earlier this week and I’m sad to see it go! It’s truly a great and memorable tea! Check out my other tasting notes!

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98

4th infusion – over infused – nearly 20 minutes – just for kicks…VERY sweet! Smooth…still very flavorful but much lighter in color. YUM! The sweetness of the 4th infusion really surprised me! D-Lish!

Cofftea

Much lighter even after 20 min? WOW!

TeaEqualsBliss

Yeah…I think 3 infusions would pretty much ‘do it in’ so I was REALLY trying to get a 4th, ya know?

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98

3rd Infusion – still flavorful – but much more smooth and the smoothness lingers.

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98

I really REALLY like this tea! I have reviewed it several times before both on Steepster and a few other sites!

Take a look at a lengthier review HERE
http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/07/30/bai-lin-gong-fu-tea-from-canton-tea-company/

Today – I had a cup hot! Which was the first infusion. The 2nd infusion was cold…BOTH wonderful! I am going to try additional infusions on this right now…stay tuned…

I also upped my rating! This is a VERY memorable Tea!

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98

Bai Lin Gong Fu black tea won the top prize of Three Star Gold. Only 91 products out of over 6,000 entries achieved three stars!!!!

I received a nice sample size of this today and must say it is much different that I remember it! I know I liked it before but WOW! This time around it is even better!

Right out of the package the aroma smacks you in the face!!! I like a loud tea! BUT…the smell was much different that I remember and unlike anything I have ever smelled! GET READY FOR THIS!!!!! The smell of this reminds me of Ravioli! A bready/Tomato type smell and I just LOVE it!!! Truly unique!

The taste is also much different…and I like that! It’s a little cakey but creamy!!! It’s a full and fairly bold RED – or Black tea taste – at the beginning and leads you into a lovely mellow aftertaste. The aftertaste encourages you to sip more!

I really like this!

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98

This is a nice crisp taste with a caramel likeness to it. It’s mellow aftertaste is perfect for my palate! This is YUMMY Cold as well! I had 1 hot cup and 1 cold cups-worth. Enjoyed them both.

The hairy-fuzzy leaves left a little pollen-y residue to the touch but still a very neat leaf!

Cheers!

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72
drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
190 tasting notes

Very smooth tea. The smell is sweet and reminds me of cinnamon toast crunch mixed with honey. The taste is very clean,green and enjoyable. It’s a laid back cup for me, which is exactly what I am looking for at 5pm. However, I would have liked to have a bit more flavor, it isn’t strong, but it could be stronger,imo.

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88

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88

I took about 10 “balls” or “pearls” and infused for about 6 minutes…I had an emergency and ended up drinking it iced instead. The COLD version of this – that I’m drinking right now – is LOVELY! It’s gently scented and flavored with the Jasmine and it’s ‘just right’ for my liking. It’s NOT Bitter…it’s sweeter instead. NICE.

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79
drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
6770 tasting notes

1 cup hot the other iced…both nice…very pure!!!! :)
See my previous review!

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79
drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
6770 tasting notes

Yeah…it helps when you have the correct water temp! Oops! LOL

So…2nd infusion…
MUCH better!

I wouldn’t say it was the best Pouchong I have ever had but it is good and flavorful. A sweet nutty grassy type taste.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
6770 tasting notes

I love Pouchong. When I saw this one was a GREAT TASTE GOLD Winner in 2009 I had to try it!

After I received it I took a look at the ratings on steepster and I am a little afraid…altho there are only 3 logs – one is a really low rating, one isn’t rated but commented, and the other is an 80. So…could it be one of those teas that are all across the board!? Not sure.

Here are my findings…

I know the term “Agony of the Leaves” is to describe the unwinding and unfurling of the tea leaves but I have always found it to be somewhat of a downer…I mean really…think about it…it sounds PAINFUL. Most of the time I say the leaves dance because it’s more positive and it sounds happier! Well, these leaves are somewhere inbetween. It seems like they want to dance but they are struggling…perhaps a sign of good multiple infusions!? Maybe…time will tell.

This isn’t much for aroma. It isn’t much for color…very pale. Heck it’s not really that strong in taste and I went 5 minutes. It’s a really tasty taste – what I CAN taste of it…but it’s VERY mellow. It IS very clean…I will say that.

I’m going do a 2nd Infusion before I rate…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhh…my water wasn’t hot enough…stay tuned…

Rabs

“Agony of the leaves” makes me sad too (unless I’m making terrified screaming sound effects while watching the leaves writhe, then I’m happy). But I think I shall adopt your term “Dancing of the Leaves” since I can do the saner thing and sing music for the leaves to dance to while they waltz around. ;)

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89

WOW!

This is FUN!!!!

It’s a Buttery Vegetable type smell BUT the taste is buttery THEN fruity and almost nutty. It has a sweet and buttery aftertaste. This is VERY smooth.

As it cools a little I can taste the ever so slight bit of natural-salt-like hint…it seems to fit in quite nicely tho! This is a FUN Oolong!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Sadly, I am drinking the last of this. Or making the last of it as I prepare to leave and step into the wild coastal winter. I used all the rest of the leaves that I had and steeped them in a big pot so that I could fill a travel mug, a travel thermos, and a mug for drinking before I leave.
It has been a good time, Alishan. I am truly sorry to see you go.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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