• Only fresh leaves with one bud and newly spread leaf is picked in keeping with the principle of “early picking, priority to tender buds and selection without impurities.”
• For the middle-brewing method of Bi Luo Chun tea, the temperature of the boiled water should be around 75°.
• It is typical of the Bi Luo Chun tea plantation to plant fruits among tea bushes.
• Kneading into tiny round rolls is a critical procedure for “shaping white and greenish fuzz into curled, compact and fine dried tea.”
Bi Luo Chun literally means "Green Snail Spring". Bi (green) Luo (snail) Chun (Spring) It is called so because it is a green tea that is rolled into a tight spiral, resembling snail meat, and is cropped early spring. Bi Luo Chun tea is famous for its unique shape as well as the heavenly taste. Only the bud and a half-open leaf are selected. During hand processing, the bud-leaf set is carefully rolled into a tight silvery-green spiral that can hold in the freshness longer. Some say the leaves resemble tiny green snails. When the tea leaves unfurl during brewing you can see that each tea leave contain 1 buds and 2 leaves.
Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun is a famous green tea originally grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Tai Hu, Jiangsu Province, China. These Dong Ting mountains are part of the Lake Tai preserve, a freshwater lake covering 850 square miles (2200 square kilometers) in eastern China just west of Shanghai.
During the Qing Dynasty, the Manchu Emperor Kang Xi (1662-1722 A.D.) visited the resorts at Lake Tai. He changed the name to Bi Lou Chun after the Bi Lou Peak of the Dong Ting mountains and because the finished leaf resembled a tiny green snail. He declared it an Imperial tea. Today it is translated as Bi Luo Chun and is the second most prized gourmet tea in China after Dragon Well. It is frequently offered as a gift, but be cautious--as with all rare teas, more is sold than is harvested.
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|Chinese Name||碧螺春(bì luó chūn)|
|Other Names||Pi Lo Chun,Dong Ting Pi Lo Chun, Mount Dong Ting Spring Snail Shell, Jade Spiral Spring|
|Growing Area||Western Dongting Mountain of Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China.|
|Harvest Period||March 20th-April 20th, Yu Qian(Pre-Gu Yu)|
|Processing Technique||Non-fermenting Tea, Kill Green(Deactivation)→Rolling→Desiccation(Roasting)|
|Appearance||Tender, tight, dark-green spirals.|
|Aroma||Natural fragrance of flowers and fruits.|
|Liquor||The liquor is a clear light yellow with a pale green tint.|
|Tasting Notes||Bi Luo Chun tea tastes like a fresh, crisp, spring day in the country. The velvety sweetness is well-rounded and the hint of floral notes leave a desirable and distinctive aftertaste. The flavor is rich and full-bodied and the sweet nutty flavor of the le|
|Teaware||Gaiwan(Covered Bowl), Glass Pot, Glass(Tumbler), Porcelain Cup|
|Steeping Instructions||Top Steeping: Warm the teapot(cup,glass)→Fill the teapot(cup,glass) with hot water to around 70% full→Add the dry leaves. You will find the teander tea leaves start sinking immediately.|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||50g~500g/bag. Default packing with aluminium coated kraft paper bag.|
A great standard green. Review by Sawyer
This tea reminds me the gunpowder green tea. Crisp green in color, grassy aroma, and nutty flavor.
A standard green tea with all the good green features. (Posted on 3/16/2013)
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