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Handmade Ming Qian Dong Ting West Mountain Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

Refreshing, flowery and fruity, mellow and smooth

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Handmade Ming Qian Dong Ting West Mountain Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

Refreshing, flowery and fruity, mellow and smooth

Rating:
94% of 100
Summary
Origin:

West Dongting Mountain, Taihu Lake, Wuzhong District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

March 15, 2024

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one leaf

Dry Leaf:  

Tender leaves and buds, curly like snail, and the white pekoe is exposed, silver emerald green in color

Aroma: 

Nutty, flowery and fruity scent

Liquor: 

Pale yellowish green

Taste: 

Refreshing, soft and mellow, the aroma of flowers and fruits is rich and will lingering in mouth and throat,

leaving a pleasant aftertaste and generating saliva secretion

Tea Bush:

Small-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Dong Wu Dongting Biluochun Tea Base

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Angel’s Comment:

From the West Dongting Mountain, this Ming Qian Biluochun is refreshing with flower and fruit scent, taste mellow with lingering aftertaste.

There is an ancient adage that "Mingqian tea is as dear as gold," not only because of the modest output, but also because the buds that have just erupted will be subject to various factors if they are not harvested in time. As a result, Ming Qian tea is a race against the clock from plucking to production. This tea is a Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun from the West Dongting Mountain that TeaVivre discovered for you. It's a completely hand-picked and hand-made Ming Qian tea. According to statistics, 500g tea requires over 70,000 fresh tea buds and must be prepared on the day of plucking, which is enough to demonstrate its preciousness and uniqueness.

 

Its buds and leaves are delicate and coated with white pekoe. Just by smelling the dried tea, you may detect a rich flowery and fruity aroma. The perfume of tea, flowers, and fruits are all incorporated into the tea liquid after brewing, and the taste is sweet and refreshing, rich and mellow, leaving a nice aftertaste and stimulating saliva secretion.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
185℉ / 85℃ 185℉ / 85℃
2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea 4g Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 5 steeps: 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 50s
Tea Garden

Dong Wu Dongting Biluochun Tea Base is located in the West Dongting Mountain. The west mountain is the largest island in Taihu Lake, just like a huge pearl inlaid on the lake, shining brightly. It is the birthplace of one of China's top ten famous teas -- Dongting Biluochun, and a national 5A picturesque location. It contains an abundance of deep underground natural mineral water resources, which results in an abundance of product resources. It is also well-known in China for its tea and fruit intercropping. Tea plants are planted alternately with peach, plum, apricot, plum, persimmon, orange, ginkgo, pomegranate, and other fruit trees. The branches and roots of tea trees and fruit trees are intertwined, allowing the tea to absorb the fruity fragrance while the flowers smell the tea aroma, preserving the natural nature of Bi Luo Chun's floral and fruity flavor.

Biluochun

Biluochun

Biluochun

Biluochun

Biluochun

Origin

Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun is produced in Dongting Mountain, Wuzhong District, Suzhou City. Dongting Mountain is separated into two sections: east and west. East Mountain is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, whereas West Mountain is an island in Taihu Lake. The temperature here is warm and humid, with lots of sunshine, making it ideal for producing tea plants. Yet, plenty of sunshine and rain are insufficient to make Biluochun in Dongting Mountain stand out. Wuzhong's east and west mountains not only yield high-quality Dongting Biluochun, but also the well-known loquat, bayberry, and Dongting tangerine. Tea trees and fruit trees such as plum, orange, and loquat are planted alternately. Local people pick tea in March and April, loquat in May, and bayberry in June. Natural decaying fruits and residual leaves provide excellent nutrients for tea trees. Furthermore, the big fruit trees protect the short tea trees from direct sunlight, allowing the tea buds to keep as much umami flavor as possible. This practice of growing tea and fruit trees is one of the main reasons why Biluochun in Dongting Mountain has natural flowery and fruity aromas.

map of dong ting

Tea Bush

The Small-leaf tea plants in Dongting can be recognized by their characteristic slender, uniform buds and leaves. Bi Luo Chun tea made from this species of tea plant is famous for its appearance with plenty of tiny leaf tips, as well as for its bold aroma and mellow taste. The Dongting Small-leaf tea bush species, handed down from generation to generation, is the best species for producing Bi Luo Chun Tea.

Small-leaf tea tree

History

In Chinese, the name “Bi Luo Chun” means “Green Snail Spring”, in reference to its tightly-coiled appearance resembling a snail’s shell, and the fact that it is picked in spring. It was given this name during the Qing Dynasty by Emperor Kang Xi. The Emperor very much favored this tea, but - perhaps with some reason - was not really enamored with the tea’s original name of “Xia Sha Ren Xiang”, which roughly means “a fragrance to scare you to death” or “astounding fragrance”!

During the 1890s it was ranked first amongst Chinese green teas, and since that time it has always been ranked in the top three. For many years it was only grown in the area around Dongting Mountain, but has recently also been produced in Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces.

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