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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!
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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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How to say this? Drinking my first cup, I thought "This is the treasure of the Orient." And it's October! It must be a veritable rhapsody in the spring! Savory, full bodied, fragrant, flowery, delicate, light, yet fully expanded in your mouth - the second and third steep were less flavorful. Next time I'm going to use more tea in a larger pot so I can extend that first steep deliciousness! Aren't I clever?
This is a consistently great tea from TeaVivre. It has been really good every year, and the price for the quality is excellent. It is a creamy, smooth green tea that has a mellow richness we really enjoy.
This is still my favorite green tea. This tea has it all. Sweet, savory, brothy, toasty, warming, refreshing, and just look at the hairs in the cup! The aroma is herbaceous, with immediate notes of lavender and thyme that gradually subside. The taste of the tea is pungent and complex, with savory notes of bamboo, asparagus, and steamed chicken breast. Yes, steamed chicken breast. The aftertaste is faint, but there is a pleasant sweetness of peach skin that builds in the back of the throat. Personally, I find this tea brews best when water is under 175*F, and it tastes best when consumed around 120*F.
Excellent tea, very fine and subtle taste.
Milky and mellow green tea. I think it is better taste from brewing lower temparature. When I make tea around 85℃, it is little bit bitter.
This is my favorite, default green tea.
1 tablespoon of dry leaf used for 375 ml of water Infusion temperature: 85 degrees Celsius Infused for 2 minutes Dry leaf is vegetal and floral in scent. Brewed tea has a strong spinach aroma. Savoury sweetness on the sip. Slight melon tone. A bit bland at the beginning of the sip. Slightly thin mouthfeel.
One of my favorite greens, you can taste a strong fruity aroma along with the nutty taste. Not bitter at all.
This is my favorite green tea. I drink a lot of Biluochun, and this offering from TeaVivre is a very high grade. It is also a very, very good price. It has everything a good Biluochun should - a captivating fragrance, an enticing aroma, very clean flavor with rich and robust notes. It has fruity, vegetal, and savory characteristics that develop in both the aftertaste, and as the cup cools. This is a very complex green tea. This is truly amazing. I honestly think this is the best tea on TeaVivre because the price is unbelievable considering the quality is so high.
Bi Luo Chun is nice, light, simple green tea. I enjoyed it 2015 harvest variety. Get it soon, while it is fresh from the garden! I suggest that you start steeping it shortest recommended time (1 min). Also, use generous amount of tea leaves per cup (about 4 g per 250 ml of water). Repeated steeps are almost as good as the first one.
Reply: Dear James, Thank you very much for writing to us. The shelf life of this tea is 18 months. So it is safe for the customer to drink this tea. Hope this is helpful for you.
Reply: Dear Nicole, this tea if from the East Mountain.
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