Tuesday, May 14, 2013
TeaVivre, 2013 Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun)
Made only from tea leaf tips in an involved process that results in it having a tight rolled up shape, Bi Luo Chun is renowned for its strong fruity aroma and mellow flavour. A plantation growing Bi Luo Chun is amazing to visit, with the tea plants mixed in with a variety of fragrant fruit trees to give the tea its aroma and taste. TeaVivre's Bi Luo Chun is premium grade direct from the slopes of Dong Ting mountain, has a bright green color and strong almost citrus aroma to it. An amazing tea!
Sample provided by TeaVivre
This review is for the 2013 spring harvest of this tea. I have previously reviewed the 2011 harvest.
I'm not going to lie to you. I freakin' love this tea. There are so many teas from TeaVivre that I love, it is hard to pick a single favorite, but this one is really close to the top of the list. First off, the leaf just looks so cool. I called it old time upholstery stuffing last time because it is woolly looking and the color is just so interesting. The aroma of the dry leaf is fresh and a combination of sweet and sour, like a fresh cut field of grain.
This steeps up nearly clear with an amber tint. The wet leaf scent seemed vegetal and lightly floral today.
A good cup of tea should catch your attention. A great cup of tea will block the rest of the world for a moment. A sip of this tea affects me this way. It starts with a touch of grain - oats, and over a year after first tasting this it still reminds me of Cheerios. There is also a floral touch similar to a green oolong. Late in the sip it turns creamy. The aftertaste is pleasantly creamy and grainy.
The leaf resteeps well. I highly recommend this to Chinese green tea lovers. For those who really aren't sure what they like, TeaVivre sells samples of all the teas they carry. Samples are a great way to become acquainted with a variety of new teas without a big commitment.
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