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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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The loose tea leaves are beautiful to look at. It is made of little, loosely curles leaves of differing shades of green. The tea has a strong cabbage type smell, which is my favorite. The first taste I get from the tea is fresh sweetness and a very slightly caramelized scent. It is smooth and milky. I feel like in the very first part of the sip there is a quick saltiness to the tea, almost like Sencha, but it soon disappears. There is a cabbage flavour but it is very light. There are faint hints of a green tea floral. I feel like I am getting hints of spinach and turnips. To me this feels like an autumn tea. It is very crisp. This tea is very fresh and clean on the palate, I am not getting much of an aftertaste, which is very pleasant.
I love how this tea looks! Very tiny, curly and soft and the smell is soo fresh as expected from 2014 picked tea. You can also see from wet leaves that this tea is made only from the buds and tips, me likey. First steep turned out as pale yellow and it smells sweet vegetal, wet leafs smell quite same as the dry leaves. Nutty flavor with vegetal notes, and some sweet fruity flavours. I would love to have more than sample of this.
2014 Bilochun is wonderful. We prefer it to the 2013 as it seems to be much better than last year's. It has a lovely fresh aroma and hints of artichoke and other complex flavors. At this price, it is an amazing buy. Although for the first infusion of Dragonwell we use 3 minutes, for these teas with small curly leaves (this and Lu Shan Yun Wu, etc.) we only steep for 2 minutes or so. Maybe it is the increased surface area, but it seems to steep faster. We also on use about 168F. Over-heating or over-steeping these teas will surely ruin them, but done right they are absolutely amazing. Thanks to TeaVivre for providing some of the best green teas we have found ANYWHERE online at the best prices.
I'm rating this 5 stars due to the amazing freshness and beautiful appearance of the leaves. This is an extremely high quality tea. However, I prefer more natural sweetness, as Bi Lo Chuns tend to be "dry" teas. This has nothing to do with Teavivre or the grower, of course. I was still intrigued enough to order an entire bag after trying the sample.
If I'd tried this when I was getting to teas, I might have been re-converted to greens faster. It a lovely fruit scent. The flavour is lightly green, with some fruitiness, and overall delicious.
To me, Teavivre's 2014 Bi luo Chun is better than 2013 green tea. 2013 Bi luo chun: 2 star, 2014 Bi luo chun: 4 star.
I'm loving these green samples from Teavivre, thank you yet again! This is another tea that Teavivre says should be 3-4 tablespoons of leaves for 17 ounces of water (I don't think they mean teaspoons.) So I went with one sample package of leaves, which I measured out to be four heaping teaspoons. It's kind of difficult to measure these leaves when they are all wirey and twisted together! Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min steep First I must discuss the scent of the dry leaves, it was almost unbearably strong! The strongest green tea scent I've ever smelled. The taste is the same as the fragrance. It's very brothy and soupy... there is that creamed/breaded corn flavor again but this time the flavor is stronger. There is also hints of pineapple for me. The brew is a cloudy mellow yellow color. Using four teaspoons isn't a bad thing, but it is a little astringent and I don't think I'd use that much in the future. Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min Using four teaspoons IS a bad thing for this cup. Astringency city. I really should have known because the dry leaf is so strong. I drank it anyway, because I could still taste the amazing flavor beneath the bitter. Thirty minutes after boiling definitely is lower than the suggested 185 degrees too.
This one seems very well balanced. It has many elements but none are shouting louder than the others and throwing it off. It is sweet but vegetal, creamy, a little tangy and crisp. It has a mellow vibe about it. The aftertaste is divine. I love how it lingers on my palate.
The final tea in my Limited 2014 Spring Green Tea Sampler, I was completely unsurprised to find the same fresh oily fragrance coating the dry leaves. This time they had a sort of silvery smell to them, silvery in the sense that it reminds me of white teas such as Silver Needle and green teas such as White Monkey that have downy white hairs. The taste of the tea is very interesting. I had to take several sips before classifying it, almost finishing a third to half the glass. Although it is definitely a sweet tea, it is as if someone removed the honeyed notes from the aforementioned White Monkey tea and modified the slight underlying spice from it into a sort of soothing, mildly dry, silky finish. The best comparison I can think of is to a less sweet white wine. The second steeping of Bi Luo Chun was slightly drier with subtle vegetal notes unique to green tea; this was a welcome development as it highlighted the most unique aspects of this tea. I then realized that perhaps I only welcomed it because this particular example of the tea was so fresh. A staler leaf would likely not have maintained the previous steep’s flavor in the background, and would have been lackluster. After a while I began to wonder about the third steeping. This final steep tasted like a Green-Eyebrow type tea only far milder and less bitter (still a bit bitter though!), but not as mild as Mao Jian. None of the flavors from the first steeping survived. Depending on whether you like vegetal teas, this shift could either be a positive or a negative, but it is certainly important to know about. I can see it being useful in the mornings. The first cup is soothing, dry and silky. The second cup then gets drier and introduces more vegetal notes as you wake up. The third cup then makes you’re completely woken up and ready to go, hitting you with a lot of the power from a more vegetal, bitter green. It would be like one of those alarms in the morning that gets louder every time you hit the sleep button until you’re completely awake. Also note that it appears Teavivre either got a new batch of this tea in or I wrote down the harvest date wrong when I received mine, so as always, you may notice some differences if the former is the case.
The aroma of the dry leaves is sweet and fresh, blending artichoke and lychee with a delicate hint of floral at the end. This tea smells like nature in springtime, bringing in the notes of fruits, flowers, and vegetation. It makes my nose happy. The taste is quite delicate (that seems to be the key word with this tea) with a sweet citrus taste reminiscent of lychees. There is also a very mild hint of nuts that fades to a green bean vegetal taste. Of course the trichomes tickle the inside of my mouth making me giggle when I sip the tea. This tea is very mild and refreshing, it reminds me of spring rain.
Reply: Dear Nicole, this tea if from the East Mountain.
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