Supreme Gongfu Black Tea from Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Product Description:

The term Gongfu is a term used to describe the Chao Zhou and Min Nan way of preparing tea in a skillful manner. Rather than focusing on symbolic hand gestures like Japanese tea ceremonies, Gongfu focuses on accomplishing a great taste of tea to satisfy the soul. This tea is characterized by fine, unbroken twisted leaves.

Taster’s Review:

The dry leaf has a very interesting aroma.  I can smell notes of cocoa, but I can also smell a distinct licorice note.  I don’t recall ever smelling a licorice-y smell in a tea that didn’t actually contain licorice root (or anise or fennel).  But, I don’t find this off-putting in the least; I adore licorice.  I was actually quite excited to try it after smelling it.  This licorice-y fragrance disappears when brewed and does not translate into the flavor.

That might be a little disappointing if the tea didn’t taste as fabulous as it does!  This is a remarkable tea!

The flavor is quite rich and smooth.  There are faint savory cocoa notes in the background as a sweet caramel-like note approaches the palate.  There is an earthy quality to this tea as well although I do not find this to be overwhelming.

I can also taste intriguing notes of spice which seem to perk up the palate just as the sip finishes and they linger well into the aftertaste.  There is a light astringency to this tea and even a faint hint of bitterness that contrasts nicely with the sweet tastes that I described a moment ago.  I like how this tea seems to tempt all areas of the palate.  A full-flavored, full-bodied, and fully pleasurable tea!

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