Saturday, August 10, 2013

Teavivre Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, curled with lots of downy hairs
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: bright yellowish green

The dry leaves of this tea were beautiful. I loved the corkscrew shape and fuzzy buds. The taste was incredibly delicate, perfect for a hot summer day. Despite being mellow, the flavor profile was quite complex. It was vegetal and somewhat nutty with floral notes and a hint of honeydew melon. The finish had a lingering sweetness that reminded me of agave. I haven't indulged tea leaf eating in some time but I couldn't resist with this one. This particular tea is very inexpensive for the level of quality. As always, I really enjoy the amount of background information +TeaVivre provides about their teas. One fact they listed that fascinated me is that due to only the small leaf tips being used, 1 pound of this tea (about 500g) will contain about 70,000 leaf tips. I used a gaiwan for this one because I wanted concentrated flavor but it would be wonderful to watch the leaves dance in a glass teapot.

dry leaves of this tea You can find out more about this tea here