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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) is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
Recommend Brewing Guide:
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’m never very confident that I will like new green tea selections because I prefer robust and potent black teas to bring me into consciousness each morning. I was even more leery of this sample for two reasons: 1) Well…It’s green tea. :-) 2) The recommended steeping time is only 1 minute! How much flavor can possibly be wrung from the tea leaves in that brief period?! But, always game to try new varieties, I marched on. The full green leaves in the sample packet had a slightly sweet and grassy odor. I followed TeaVivre’s instructions and brewed this tea for 1 minute at 175 degrees (176 degrees was actually recommended but the tea maker has no setting for it). The brewed liquid was a pale golden green, which surprised me. I was expecting little color at all after only one minute of brewing! The aroma was grassy and sweeter than the unsteeped leaves. When I sipped this tea, I did so very slowly and purposefully at first, not wanting to miss any of the quickly brewed flavor. I was quite pleased to discover that an ample and satisfactory sweet, grassy, green tea taste existed! The flavor also contained undertones of something extra, not quite floral, but like an echo of honeysuckle. It was very smooth with not even a trickle of bitterness. To make a long story somewhat shorter, I liked this selection. It didn’t make me a green tea convert, but I will re-steep this blend for a few more cups. It is smooth, light, and airy, and probably has everything in it that I would love…if I loved green teas. :-) This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo in Apr, 2013. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
Small twisted dark green leaf. Brewed palest yellow with an aroma of savory broth and the sea. Tastes sweet and slightly savory with a hint of salt. Very smooth, light and delicious!
A very light green tea, slightly sweet and mellow. Pi Lo Chun is a green tea I buy every year. A real favorite.
This one has adorable little fuzzy leaves. They looked so soft and downy, I just wanted to pet them instead of drink them. It’s evident how young these little leaves are. Even after brewing, they remain itty bitty. Quite possibly the cutest tea I’ve ever had. As with the other green teas, I’ve tried from Teavivre, this one is very umami. It’s less toasty and more grainy. The mouthfeel smooth and a bit creamy, despite the drying effect. This brewed up very light colored for me, but the flavor is perfect. Not too strong or too weak. This tea also has a caffeine kick to it. I have half a cup remaining and I’m wondering if I’ll get to sleep tonight. I should have known this would happen when I saw how little the leaves were, but I really craved a good green tea. ah well. It’s worth it. Sleep is for the weak! This review was originally published on Steepster by Mercuryhime in January, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Mercuryhime.
I ordered this on the recommendation of reviews I read, and I am very pleased with this tea! It is very smooth, lush feel in the mouth, almost creamy like texture in the way it feels, fruity and nice, full jasmine flavor. It is everything I was looking for in a BLC, and so glad I ordered enough to last a while! Will most certainly be ordering again in the future, so keep this one coming!
as a BLC fanatic, i was bitterly disappointed with the quality of this bi luo chun, which was clearly well below the (somewhat vague) "premium" grade claimed. i knew immediately i opened the package - the buds are much larger & less tender than the AAA grade dongting from my usual supplier. as feared, the tea produces an inferior brew - there's no depth to the taste, it's low on fragrance, and lacking in the (pardon my ignorance) powdery, pollen-like (fairy-dust?) sprinkling that transforms higher quality BLC into sparkling nectar. this was cheap, but a complete waste of money.
I have high expectations of Teavivre, because the quality of their teas always seems high, even when it is teas that are not to my personal taste, so I approached this tea with pleasure. The silver and dark green leaves are a pleasant aesthetic change from the flat leaves of the Long Jings that I have had recently. They smell vegetal, or of beans perhaps. There seems to be a bit of hay in there too. When steeped the wet leaf has a slightly savoury aroma, and the liquor, which is a dark yellow, transmutes that aroma to a thick, buttery, beany one. Tasting the tea, I am struck by the thickness of the liquor too. It feels more like eating than drinking the tea. It is definitely buttery, the beans disappear from the taste and a new fruitiness emerges with a spicy aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. The sweetness lasts for a good while and I can feel myself calming down and de-stressing as I drink it. This is a ‘whole body’ tea. I just wish I could place what type of fruit it is. My expectations have been met and this is another splendid tea from Teavivre. This review was originally published on Steepster by Roughage in October, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Roughage.
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The dry leaves have a very fruity smell and sweet aroma, bringing to mind dried strawberries. The leaves are silvery and very tippy; they are covered in the white down that often characterizes a well-harvested and gently processed green tea. I infused this at about 85C for 1 minute for the first infusion. The wet leaves retain a little of the fruit flavor which comes across as a gentle smokiness. In the mouth, the aroma continues to remind me of strawberries. The tea is highly sweet and mouth-filling, like a honeydew melon with a bit of the woodiness of a young sapling. The second infusion was also at about 85C, for 1.5 minutes. The woody flavor increased here, but not in a bad way. It’s almost like a young sheng puer, carefully brewed: the aromas of cut hay and straw. This review was originally published on Steepster by Payton in February, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Payton.
I am enjoying tasting the Spring 2013 harvests from Teavivre. Opening the bag of this Pi Lo Chun reveals green, curled dry leaves with a sweet vegetal fragrance. Heated water to 175 and steeped for 2min because I wanted stronger flavor. This resulted in a pale yellow-green tea with a rather sweet vegetal taste and very green open full leaves. The smooth and mellow flavor of the liquid is pleasant and very enjoyable with no bitterness at all. The second steep was almost as good as the first. Definitely recommend this tea as a nice green for any collection. ***Posted earlier on Steepster
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