Wu Yi Shan Bi Luo Chun is a complex green tea from the famous Wu Yi Shan (武夷山) area of Fujian Province. We sourced this tea direct from the growers, the Chen family. Normally focusing on making black and oolong teas that this part of Fujian is famous for, the Chen family make just one green tea in the Bi Luo Chun style using a local Wu Yi Cai Cha (菜茶) cultivar. This tea is grown at Tong Mu Village in Wu Yi Shan at an altitude of approximately 800 metres. Hand plucked on 28 March 2017 and completely hand processed, grown to organic standard, it is of supreme quality and is super fresh!
Bi Luo Chun (碧螺春) translates as ‘Green Snail Spring’ and refers to the colour, the shape and the plucking time for this tea. Classic Bi Luo Chun originates from Jiangsu Province in China so this tea is a bit more unusual as it uses a cultivar that is normally used to produce some of the famous Fujian oolong and black teas. As this is a very limited production from the Chen family, this highly sought after tea is of fantastic quality and amazing flavour.
Wu Yi Shan, Wu Yi Rock or Wu Yi Mountain is an area that is known for producing famous Chinese teas, such as Da Hong Pao, Rou Gui and Lapsang Souchong. Wu Yi Rock teas are grown on rocky mountainsides where the soil is high in mineral content and the growth of the tea trees is much slower. This terroir results in a distinctive ‘rock’ taste that is particularly evident in oolongs from this area and is prized amongst tea lovers. This characteristic profile is stony and mineral in taste but with a long lasting sweet aftertaste. It translates to green tea as well, resulting in a slightly mineral and savoury kind of flavour but with a sweet uplifting note at the end.
The aromatic dry wiry leaves of this Wu Yi Shan Bi Luo Chun green tea only consist of young tender leaves. When brewed the liquor is light in colour and has a slight vegetal and peachy aroma. The taste is balanced, crisp and fresh. This tea is bright in character with a full floral and vegetal flavour. There is a pleasant nutty and savoury yet fruity finish with a faintly smoky top note.
We suggest brewing at 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed around 3 times depending on your taste preferences.