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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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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.
This is another wonderful spring tea of 2015. I opened up the package and reveled tiny cute (if tea can be cute) curls of forest green and silver. These little twirls had small downy hairs lining them, and they carried a strong vegetal tone of green beans with a honeydew sweetness. I placed them inside my warmed kyusu and gave em a shake. This sweet scent became a lot more deeper and robust. It changed into a bold spinach tone. I brewed up a cup and drank. The initial sip was a strong vegetal tone with still a honey sweetness. This brew became sweeter after steeping. The second steeping I used cooler water (175F) to get that honey tone to be more pronounced. The third steeping I used hotter water (190F) to get a deeper spring flavor. This was an awesome green tea! It had a nice and full spring flavor of a vegetable gardens with still keeping it sweet like honey.
From all the teas of the 'Bi Luo Chun' variety that I've had the opportunity to try, this one was probably the best. I especially liked the subtle nutty notes.
This was my first experience of this variety of tea, and I was very pleased! The aroma is wonderful—very fruity and sweet. The taste was also very sweet and delicate. Nothing too strong, just very mellow and smooth. I'll definitely be having this again!
Brewed with a gongfu glass tea pot. 5-second rinse. Steeping parameters: 60, 75, 90. My first Bi Luo Chun. I have to say that the aspects I took most pleasure out of were the physical appearance of the leaves and the tactile sensation of handling the leaves by hand. Short, thin, minty green, curly little things. The leaves are so light, they could weigh practically nothing on the Moon. While I waited for the water to heat, I stuck my hand in the tea pot and gently tossed and turned them over. I think I'd enjoy rolling them in the pan to dry them out, if I ever get the chance tour the creation process. The dry leaf aroma smells sweetly of freshly cut lawn. The wet leaf, in contrast, offers heavier aroma of cooked asparagus and cream of spinach. The color of the liquor is greenish, which looks bright against the white of my porcelain cup. To my surprise, the liquor is not clear but very cloudy. Lots of unexpected fuzzies, especially in this first infusion. I didn't see the hairs on the dry leaf. Guess I should have taken a closer look at the picture on the website... The liquor becomes more pellucid as the session goes on. The first infusion has a creamy texture and broth-like consistency. There are notes of savory, green vegetable flavors - beans, spinach, and okra. Hmmmm. I dislike okra, but since I get none of the sliminess: huzzah! The second infusion has a thinner texture, and is much sweeter, veggie-wise, with a pea note. Back to thick and soupy with the third infusion. It is also tangy and somewhat fruity sweet, with a lychee taste that appears if I let the liquor rest in my mouth before swallowing. Bi Luo Chun - or at least this one - is more complex than I'd thought. It's a little on the heavy side for me as a green tea. Still, generally enjoyable!
I love this Bi Luo Chun! Delicate delicious flavor. I originally purchased after some personal research into green teas with high antioxidants and this resulted in my selection. I can steep this three times without flavor loss.
I received this tea as part of the 2015 green tea assortment pack. This is the boldest of the 2015 green teas I've tried so far which is in direct contrast to how fresh and airy the dry leaves smell. I didn't know this tea could pack such a punch. The dry leaves are beautiful and dainty, green and fuzzy white twisted leaves that hide a very savory brewed tea. The first sip of the tea is very light, fresh and refreshing. Then you notice it become more creamy and buttery with a tangy, salty bite. And finally it finishes with a strong herbal flavor almost like sage with a minty fresh after taste. This is a delicious and unique tasting green tea that leaves a pleasant, refreshing taste in your mouth.
Light in flavor and reminiscent of squash or zucchini. Pleasant, not at all bitter or astringent, nor particularly 'leafy' as some other greens can be. Approachable even for someone who does not regularly drink green tea. I made it with short infusions (under 30sec) in a gaiwan with water around 175F - about 3.5g for 6fl. oz. I wish I had read the instructions first, and I'll try it that way next time!
Bi Luo Chun has a lovely shape, small and curly. Most of the leaves have white hair. Aroma is really strong, sweet and floral with small grassiness to it. I usually use small amount of leaf because Bi Luo Chun has stronger flavor that most green teas. Flavor is fruity and floral. Brewed with 4grams of tea it's bold, fruity and little grassy. No astrigency or bitterness at all. A bit short-lasting flavor, but Bi Luo Chun is high quality tea and I will be buying more or this.
This is a light green tea that packs a little bit of natural sweetness. The first bit of the sip is a bit vegetal, but then the natural sweetness sets in a smooths out the sip. For some reason, I was getting a slight bit of saltiness near the middle of the sip, but it is very short-lasting. This is a high quality tea and you can taste it in every sip!
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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