Friday, January 06, 2012

Tea Review 134 - Teavivre Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

One of the mildly baffling issues when it comes to writing about tea is the spelling thing. To be more specific, the variations in spelling of certain varieties of tea. I'm going to stick with Teavivre's spelling of Bi Luo Chun, but this is one of those varieties that I've seen a number of variations for.

But I digress. Call it what you will but don't call Bi Luo Chun a lousy tasting tea. I can't say that I have a lot of experience with this variety but the ones that I've tried have not disappointed. Neither does this one.

This is one of those teas that you can begin to experience long before you actually drink it. The dry leaves have a very strong aroma but the finished tea is actually surprisingly mellow. Here's what Teavivre has to say about this one:

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.

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1 comment:

Alex Zorach said...

Bi Luo Chun really gets you on the spelling, doesn't it? I picked "Bi luo chun" as the standard spelling, as it's Pinyin, and there seems to be no consensus on how to spell it: when there's no consensus about a tea name, I go with Pinyin.