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Monday, February 3, 2014

Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Golden Bi Lo Wang'

Tea Information:
Tea: Golden Bi Lo Wang
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Golden Moon Tea Company
Purchase: Golden Moon Tea Insider Club
Description: This black tea is quite rare. Skill, labor and patience are necessary to handpick this highest grade of new spring tea buds. Golden Bi Lo is normally the highest grade available, but "wang" which means king in Chinese, designates the very top of the production. This is the best of the best. Produced solely from the buds of the tea plant, the taste is light, delicate yet very rich and naturally sweet.
Origin: Yunnan Province, China

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: malty, sweet, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: malty, sweet, i get a melony-scent
Flavor: sweet, smooth, vegetal with a slight bakey finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet, almost a sumer melon
Liquor: translucent light orange brown

1000ml at 212°F for 2 min
very dark brown liquor
much maltier
i think i should have done 1:30

1000ml at 212°F for 2 min
malty, vegetal, less astringent, better (prior really ought to have been 1:30), nice and smooth, almost silky

1000ml at 212°F for 2 min 30 sec
good, vegetal

1000ml at 212°F for 3 min
weak, but drinkable i think it could handle another steep but it's time to go home

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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