Thursday, May 8, 2014

Teasenz Blue Spring Bi Luo Chun

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: varied greens, curled
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale, greenish

On a warm day a pot of green tea can be incredibly refreshing. That is exactly what this tea did for me when I was writing this review. The taste was crisp and vegetal with just barely a hint of the toasty taste I've come to expect from Bi Luo Chun. Mellow fruity and floral notes alternated throughout each of my sips. It wasn't bitter at all but there was just a touch of astringency. These were not the nicest leaves that I've ever seen but I wouldn't expect them to be. At just $8.95 for 2.5oz, it's an extremely economical buy. That makes it a great option for iced tea or for a daily drinker. I thought that it might be interesting to compare this with a higher end version of the same tea. In the photo below I have this tea (on the left) and the Early Spring Bi Luo Chun from +Tea Drunk (on the right). The tea on the right retails for $45 per oz. Notice how much larger and more broken the leaves on the left are. That doesn't make it a bad tea, but it is important to be able to recognize the differences.

Blue Spring Bi Luo Chun sample provided by Teasenz.