Thursday, October 8, 2015

Yunnan Sourcing 2014 Autumn Moonlight Pavilion Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun White Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green with lots of downy buds
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

As my Instagram followers can attest, I've been obsessing over this tea the last few months. You might say to yourself, I thought Bi Luo Chun was a green tea? The term can also refer to the leaf shaping method. I experimented with brewing this tea every which way, from a glass teapot to kyusu, test tube steepers and gaiwans. By far the glass gaiwan produced my favorite result but "grandpa style" is always fun too. The taste was delicate and light with a refreshing cooling affect. Floral notes danced around a hint of honeydew melon. There was a slight vegetal aftertaste but it reminded me more of fresh veggies than grass. I love Yunnan white teas because they have a bit of a different energy and this tea was a great example of that. After brewing the buds unfurled completely and they were beautiful to look at. My boyfriend caught me playing with them on more than one occasion. He thinks my tea obsession is odd but at this point he pretty much accepts it (as if there was any other option). :)

2014 Autumn Moonlight Pavilion Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun White Tea purchased from Yunnan Sourcing.