I first wanted to take this opportunity to thank Teagini for the opportunity to try this amazing tea. Over the past few weeks, I have gotten to try some amazing Oolongs and green teas from China, and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for them.
Bi Luo Chun is one of the ten famous teas of China. It is grown in the Dongting mountain region near lake Tai in Jiangsu. It is known for its floral aroma and flavor, as well as the fine white hairs that accompany some of the buds. The name in English means “Green Snail Spring” because of the color and shape of the leaves. It is generally grown underneath the shade of the fruit trees, so it picks up more of a vegetal and fruity taste during the growing season.
The aroma coming from the tea was a bit vegetal with a hint of smokiness to it. I knew it would be unlike any tea I had tried before. I was excited to take the first sip and experience one of China’s most famous teas.
The first sip of this was incredible and I was amazed by how much flavor was in it. I expected this tea to be light and fruity, but instead it was rich and earthy. There is a subtle smokiness to it that contributes to the body of the tea. On the roof of your mouth, you begin to notice a bit of a dry astringency that lingers for a few seconds after you sip it. I notice a tiny bit of tartness on the sides of my tongue, but this is quickly washed away by the smoky, full-bodied aftertaste of the tea. There is no sweetness to this tea, mostly just bold, full-bodied flavor.
I notice a few fine white hairs in the cup. A few if the leaves I noticed are coated with these fine white hairs, a clear mark that the leaves used are from the youngest part of the tea plant. Usually this is a sign of a high quality tea, but it is just a matter of whether you like this flavor or not.
The Bi Luo Chun is so good, I only wish that I had more to enjoy. I am trying to savor every little sip of this tea until it is gone. This time I used slightly less water and I think that could be one of the reasons the tea is so intense. I will steep it a second time and see how the flavor changes.
I notice that with the second steeping, the tea becomes a lot sweeter and more floral. The flavor is still quite strong, and I really enjoy the second steeping just as much as the first steeping. I think a sign of a good tea is how flavorful the second steeping is. Normally the teas with really complex flavor profiles tend to handle a second steeping better than those with more simple flavors.
Even though this tea is sweeter and more floral, you still have the bold full-bodied flavor that you got with the last one. Overall, the second steeping might actually be even better!
This tea is so incredible. It is the last of the teas I received from Teagini, and I am so glad that I saved the best for last. Overall, I am very impressed with the teas I have received from these guys. Even though I only received a small amount of each tea, I was able to have such an amazing tasting experience. I really loved doing these tastings and I will definitely look into working with more tea companies in the future to try amazing teas from different parts of the world.