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Made only from tea leaf tips in an involved process that results in it having a tight rolled up shape, Bi Luo Chun is renowned for its strong fruity aroma and mellow flavour. A plantation growing Bi Luo Chun is amazing to visit, with the tea plants mixed in with a variety of fragrant fruit trees to give the tea its aroma and taste. TeaVivre's Bi Luo Chun is premium grade direct from the slopes of Dong Ting mountain, has a bright green color and strong almost citrus aroma to it. An amazing tea!
Our Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun) meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products. View Quality Safety Analyzing Report
Our Bi Luo Chun is from Dong Ting mountain next to China's 4th largest lake. When dry the tea has a small, rolled up shape to it, with a fine covering of silvery white pekoe, especially at the leaf tips. One amazing fact with this tea, due to only the small leaf tips being used, is that 1 pound of the tea (about 500g) will contain about 70,000 leaf tips. Unlike most other green teas, Bi Luo Chun can only be infused 2 or 3 times. Any more than that and it looses its fruity aroma and taste. However we do strongly encourage you to infuse it a few times, as its color, aroma and taste will subtly change each time, as the balance between the absorbed fruit flavour and the natural green tea flavour changes.
Being a non-fermented green tea, Bi Luo Chun has high levels of antioxidants and other natural chemicals that give green teas their ability to reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. Also high in vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, they also promote healthy teeth and bones.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Bi Luo Chun should only be brewed in clean, mineral free, water around 176 ºF (80 ºC). It is best when initially brewed for 1 minutes, and can be infused 2 or 3 times, with the taste and aroma changing each time.
It is best brewed directly in a white ceramic cup or clear glass. Having a rich covering of white “pekoe” downy hairs, Bi Luo Chun can be brewed by adding the water before the dry tea. After adding the tea, the downy pekoe covering will slowly unfold, and give the leaves a look like a slowly sinking snowflake.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Bi Luo Chun Green Tea.
Our Bi Luo Chun is from Fuding, Fujian. They use the tea source from Dong Ting area, which is the origin place of Bi Luo Chun, and an area surrounded by high, forested mountains with a mild, wet climate – a perfect tea growing environment!
Bi Luo Chun tea originated in the area around the eastern peak of Dong Ting mountain in Jiangsu. In Chinese the name Bi Luo Chun means green snail Spring, in reference to its tight rolled up appearance resembling a snail and the fact that it is picked in Spring. It was given this name during the Qing Dynasty by the then emperor, Kang Xi, who very much favoured the tea, but – perhaps with some reason – was not really enamoured with its original name of “Xia sha ren xiang”, which roughly means “scare you to death fragrance”.
During the 1890's it was ranked first amongst Chinese green teas, and since that time has always been ranked in the top three. For many years it was only grown in the area around Mt. Dong Ting, but has recently also been produced in Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces. However the best Bi Luo Chun continues to be produced in the original mountain area of Dong Ting, which is where we visited before deciding on which tea to offer to you.
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I have been testing the new 2013 teas from TeaVivre, as well as from other Chinese tea distributors.
Outstanding year for TeaVivre, no doubt!
This Bilochun is one of the best I have ever had -- and I have tested a number of them. Creamy, rich, smooth -- spicy, peppery, floral.
Really, really fine tea.
(And I am as picky as a person can be about tea.)
I use about 9 - 9.5 grams for 2 cups of water at about 168-172 degrees F for about 2-3 minutes for this tea. Very flavorful so it takes a bit less tea and temperature than some others.
Do not guess about these parameters -- I use a gram scale to weigh, a very high-end thermometer that tells temperatures in less than 3 seconds, and a tea-timer.
Sounds like a lot of trouble, but these teas are worth it.
I went to the clinic Saturday due to an earache that won’t go away that has kept me so dizzy I haven’t wanted to brew tea. Drugs haven’t helped much yet but this morning I needed a good cup.
I previously reviewed what I recall was the 2011 version. Ain’t gonna lie to you. I freak’n love this tea. It is hard to pick a favorite from TeaVivre but this one is definitely very near the top. The leaf still reminds me of old time upholstery stuffing and the sip still tastes like Cheerios. There is a floral element similar to green oolong hiding in the middle of the sip. This turns creamy late sip. Good aftertaste. Resteeps well. My favorite part is when I sip it the world around me dissapears for a moment. Who couldn’t use a little of that now and then?
Thanks Angel for the sample.
This review was originally published on Steepster by K S on May 15, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from K S.
Opening the bag, little curly, fluffy,corkscrew leaves in lovely shades of green from pale to deep. When steeped, sweet vegetal taste with a hint of smokiness and honey. More subdued in flavor than a good Dragonwell, tending more towards a white in its lightness. Very smooth with a silky, slightly smoky aftertaste that lingers. A good alternative to Dragonwell and a good added staple to a green tea lover's larder. Inexpensive, for the quality. An excellent value for everyday drinking.
the 2013 harvest of the bi lo chun just arrived at my home.
it's my favourite Chinese green, in fact, it's the ONLY Chinese green that I drink. This one just ticks all the boxes for me like no other of the Chinese green teas can.
the 2013 has a wonderful vegetal aroma. Leaves are deep green after steeping.
compared to the 2012 harvest, the 2013 pluck is less fruity, yet softer & greener in taste. I pick up hints of asperagus. no astringency at all.
heaven in a cup.
I only use about .5 grams per ounce for this tea and still get a nice flavored cup.
This is a nice, tasty, lightly flavored tea with a nice fruit flavor.
I also appreciate it fulfills European's low pesticide standard.
This tea pairs well with being productive on your computer.
Bi Luo Chun is my favorite Chinese green tea. But it's very rare in Korea:( So I glad to find you.
This tea has Lovely colour, sweet flavor and pleasant aroma... So delicate. And even very Cheap!
I managed to brew this tea three different ways:
wester style in a teapot, in a gaiwan, and in a tall glass, all as suggested here on Teavivre.
Ok, first I must admit that I used too much leaft, so the strength of the tea put me off at first. But then I added more water and all was well again.
This tea has a fruity and hay-like aroma. I would have mistaken it for a white tea. It is definitely one of a kind.
I personally preferred the western-style. It had a very subtle, sweet taste.
I bought this without a sampler, was familiar with pi lo chun, but nothing could prepare me for Teavivre's version of a pi lo chun! BIG difference from any others I have tried.
White & greyish/green fluffy leaves. Smell is delicate, fruity and vegetal.
gong fu style:
water 70 C. - 1 min. steep
golden yellow liquid.
In taste, almost like a white tea, very delicate, with a note of orchid & apricot, long lingering sweet aftertaste.
2nd steep: sweet, honey with notes of apricot. orchid aftertaste. smooth silky mouth feel.
3rd steep: more vegetal. sweetness of 1st 2 steeps is no longer domindant, nutty taste in the background.
Def. a tea I need to stock.
Delicate & sweet. No astringency at all.
This is by far the best pi lo chun I have ever tasted. A keeper for me!
I love the soft, curly, almost cotton-like, green-white leaves. The smell is very light green and musty. I steeped this in my 4oz clear glass pot and watched the leaves unfurl and rise to the top. I love this clear glass pot. I feel like I am at peace when I stare at the leaves dancing. The liquid was a very light yellow/gold. The taste was refreshing. It was light, slightly sweet and fruity and malty. The fresh green came out as well, but its not as fresh tasting as sencha or gyokuro. This one would make a great staple in my cupboard as a green. This tea is so incredibly smooth.
This review was originally published on Steepster by oOTeaOo on February, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from oOTeaOo.
I found this tea to be very smooth and subtle. The flavor is a bit too subdued for my taste. Very good but can't dethrone Dragon Well!
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