Zhejiang Bi Luo Chun

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This Spring we opted for a different Bi Luo Chun from Zhejiang province, an area that is famous for its Long Jing green tea (Dragon Well), but which has also been producing Bi Luo Chun for a long time. The processing is quite similar, but since the tea varietals and terroir are different, the tea is ultimately different. Zhejiang Bi Luo Chun is much nuttier in aroma, and its flavor is more pronounced and not as delicate as Dong Shan Bi Luo Chun. It’s dry leaves are also covered with lots of white hairs but the buds are a little bit larger and hence the spirals aren’t as tightly coiled. This tea also handles multiple steepings wonderfully.

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Original Bi Luo Chun or “Green Snail Spring” is famous for coming from Dong Shan (East Mountain), near Lake Tai, in Jiangsu province. It’s the type of tea you instantly recognize for its appearance, light downy and fuzzy whitish tips, rolled into tiny coils or spirals. Its aroma is characteristic as well, since it is traditionally grown among fruit trees, it is famous for its rich, floral and fruity. It truly is a fantastic tea and we love to offer it whenever we find a batch that meets our criteria.
This Spring we opted for a different Bi Luo Chun from Zhejiang province, an area that is famous for its Long Jing green tea (Dragon Well), but which has also been producing Bi Luo Chun for a long time. The processing is quite similar, but since the tea varietals and terroir are different, the tea is ultimately different. Zhejiang Bi Luo Chun is much nuttier in aroma, and its flavor is more pronounced and not as delicate as Dong Shan Bi Luo Chun. It’s dry leaves are also covered with lots of white hairs but the buds are a little bit larger and hence the spirals aren’t as tightly coiled. This tea also handles multiple steepings wonderfully.
Some people like to call Bi Luo Chun from Fujian, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Yunnan or even Sanxia (Taiwan) fake. I think that’s incorrect. While there is indeed a massive problem in China with famous Chinese teas being faked, the Bi  Luo Chun from these areas refers to a processing style and is often correctly labelled so as not to mislead the customer. The real problem is the tons (literally) of fake, purposely mislabelled, Original Dong Shan Bi Luo Chun that floods the market and is sold at premium prices. Bi Luo Chun produced in other areas can be called copies, because they attempt to copy a processing or appropriate a famous name with a “similar” product. Fortunately these copies can be interesting in their ownright, as I’m sure you’ll find to be the case with this Zhejiang Bi Luo Chun that caught our attention this spring.
We recommend you brew this tea by first putting the hot water in the teapot and then adding the leaves. Watch them slowly come to life! Enjoy!

Origin: Zhejiang, China
Harvest: Spring, 2016
Color of liquor: yellowish-green
Aroma: nutty, roasted green asparagus, later infusions are more floral
Flavor: full, sweet, velvety, almonds
Temperature: 75 – 80º c
Steeping time: 1min; 1min, 1,5min; 2min…

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