Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shang Tea
Hearty and flavorful, this brew has a complex flavor, crisp finish, and a deep traditional red tea hue. This tea is harvested from a white tea plant, which offers a smooth finish to a fermented tea.
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OH what a lovely tea this is! So rich and flavorful – robust and truly … amazing!
I was pretty sure I’d enjoy this Bai Lin Kung Fu Red Tea from Shang Tea because I’ve tried several teas from this company in the past and enjoyed every single one of them. I have come to associate the name “Shang Tea” with teas of extraordinary quality. And this tea is no exception!
The flavor is sweet, reminiscent of sweet-tart plums with smooth, chocolate-y overtones. And then I notice a sweet, honey-esque tone, but not so much a flowery honey … more like a honey that has been cooked down into a caramel. It has a deep, concentrated sweetness. And there are notes of wood in the background, with a hint of smoke. As the tea cools, the smoky tones seem to diminish somewhat as the fruit tones seem to emerge.
A delicious and vigorous tea – one that has enough gusto to get one going in the morning … I find this one also makes a great afternoon tea. This Bai Lin Kung Fu Red Tea from Shang Tea reminds me very much of the dearly “departed” tea – Dawn from the Simple Leaf. Those of you who have been fortunate enough to taste this tea know just how special it was and why I call it a dearly departed tea. For those of you who miss Dawn as much as I do, I recommend trying this one … you might find the loss a bit easier to bear!