|Photo: Wild Tea Qi|
Leaf Appearance: somewhat dark with scattered silvery tips, twisted
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
This tea starts out with strong floral notes and a pleasant toastiness that led into a lingering sweet finish. It was vaguely vegetal, reminiscent of asparagus. There was a bright astringency that left a refreshing cooling affect. In the book Wild Tea Hunter the founder of +Wildteaqi, +Jay T. Hunter, writes about the differences between wild grown teas and those that are commercially farmed. It seems a bit too much to believe until you taste a tea like this. There was a palpable energy in every sip. I've reviewed two other Bi Luo Chuns this year and none of them affected me in the same way. I was really impressed with the staying power of this tea. Its strength never wavered across many infusions (I did at least four, if not more than that). This is a green tea that you could easily drink throughout the day. I couldn't believe how inexpensive this tea is. I love that their website breaks each package size down by the number of cups. $10.18 for 420 cups beats Starbucks any day in my book!
You can find out more about this tea here.