Bi Luo Chun green tea was featured in our August 2015 boxes. Bi Luo Chun is one of China’s 10 famous teas and is regarded by some as one of the best green teas from China. This particular Bi Luo Chun is grown in the Fujian Province of China. The name of this tea can be translated as ‘Green Snail Spring’. The name of this tea describes it perfectly as it is a green tea, the leaves of which are tightly rolled into spirals resembling snails and the tea is plucked in early spring.
The original name for this tea was Xia Sha Ren Xiang, which can be translated as ‘Astounding Fragrance’ or ‘Scary Fragrance’. The legend tells the story of a girl, who discovered this tea. Whilst plucking the tea leaves, she ran out of space in her basket, so naturally she put the tea leaves between her breasts instead. The tea, which got warmed by her body heat produced a strong fragrance, which greatly surprised the girl, hence the name Astounding (or Scary) Fragrance. The Astounding or Scary Fragrance name stuck well due to the wonderful aroma that is characteristic of this tea. This name was changed later by one of the Chinese emperors, who thought that a more elegant Bi Luo Chun or ‘Green Snail Spring’ is a more fitting description for this special tea.
The green and silver leaves of this Bi Luo Chun green tea have a distinctive twisted shape, resembling a small snail. The liquor is pale and very delicate but with a very wonderful fragrant aroma. This tea has a very fresh character that is slightly buttery, zesty, but very refreshing and smooth. It is not dissimilar to a very lightly oxidised oolong.
This tea is best brewed at 80°C for 2-3 minutes and can be brewed multiple times.