Bi Luo Chun Green Tea 2013

Bi Luo Chun Green Tea 2013


While Dong Ting Mountain is an old tea producing area dating back to the Tang Dynasty (619-907), Bi Luo Chun become very popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and later a Tribute Tea during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). There are many stories about how this tea was named, but the important characteristics are the deep green color (Bi), the curled dried tea shape similar to a snail (Luo). In addition, it must be harvested during the early spring (Chun), which results in its white feathery appearance.

There are five main fresh water lakes in China, the 3rd biggest being Tai Hu (Tai Lake) in Jiangsu Province. Within and around the lake is Dong Ting Mountain where Bi Luo Chun originates. Dong Ting actually refers to two mountains known as Dong Shan (East) seated on the eastern edge of the lake and Xi Shan (West) which sits on an island within Tai Hu. The taste and aroma varies between Bi Luo Chun harvested from these two mountains. Dong Shan Bi Luo Chun has darker and bigger leaves with a rich taste. Xi Shan Bi Luo Chun has small, tender leaves with a gentle taste. We selected two grades of Bi Luo Chun from Xi Shan because of the influence of the numerous fruit trees that grow on the island. The fruit trees provide shade for the tea bushes resulting in a mildly sweet flavor and fruity aroma. Imperial Bi Luo Chun has a gentler flavor and stronger aroma than other grades.

Tea Origin: Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
Tea Bush: Xi Shan Qun Ti Zhong
Tea Master: Lu Geng Liang
Harvest Time: end of March
Picking Standard: 1 bud with some slightly opened leaves

Brewing Guidelines
Teaware: 12 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: ½ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 185°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 5 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.

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bi luo chun dry leaves
cupping for bi luo chun
leaf configuration green tea
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