Tea Review: Bi Luo Chun Green Tea from Teavivre

Teavivre Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

  • Region: Dongding Mountain, Jiangsu, China
  • Year: 2015
  • Dry tea leaves: Small, wiry tea buds with white tips
  • Liquor: Bright green
  • Brewing: Gongfu style using a small tea pot

Last month I ordered some black and green tea samples from Teavivre. Green teas I ordered have been produced this year so I’ve decided to review two of their green teas.  Not that I did not like their black teas, to the contrary they are great. Yet nothing like fresh tea, right? In this post I review one of the famous Chinese green teas which is originally grown in the Dongding Mountain in Jiangsu: Bi Luo Chun (aka Green Snail Spring).

Dry tea leaves are light green with silvery buds. They are curled similar to a snail as its name suggests. You can get lots of floral tones alongside with a hint of grassiness.

I brewed it Gongfu style using a small glass tea pot starting with a little over a minute for the first infusion which resulted with a little bit of bitterness. The liquor is dominated by grassy flavor with floral notes in the background. In order to get rid of bitterness in the first infusion I went exactly for a minute for the second infusion. Tea revealed its full potential at this infusion. There still is some bitterness alongside with its sweetness but not at a level that bothers me. Mostly I get is a very smooth and sweet tea alongside with grassy notes in the background. For the third infusion I increased brewing duration to one and a half minute to keep up with the taste of second infusion. There it’s again! Although grassiness started to fade away at this infusion; it’s now sweeter and smoother. I’ve made five infusions in total though it’s considerably lost its flavor and aroma in the fourth infusion.

In a nutshell it’s a fresh and refreshing tea with fruity, floral and grassy notes. Recommended to anyone who’s looking for some best teas of 2015!

Teavivre Bi Luo Chun Green Tea
Dry tea leaves
Teavivre Bi Luo Chun Green Tea
Spent tea leaves

 

Taiwan: treasure for oolong tea lovers

It’s believed that Taiwan produces the best oolong teas in the world. I do not agree with that statement hundred percent, simply because wuyi oolongs such as Da Hong Pao come to mind. That’s said there is no argument that Taiwanese oolong teas are treasure for tea lovers.Taiwan owes this fame to the immigrants arrived from Fujian, China in the mid-nineteenth century.

Photo courtesy of Fumiaki Yoshimatsu
Photo courtesy of Fumiaki Yoshimatsu

Taiwan, formerly named Formosa, is famous for its mountains known for their tea such as Alishan, Yushan and Lishan. Oolong teas coming from these mountains are known as high mountain oolong teas and they are highly revered among tea connoisseurs . Elevation at these mountains ranges from 600 meters to 2500 meters.These oolong teas are lowly or medium oxidized teas contrary to Wuyi oolongs of China. They are very aromatic, expensive and limited in production. Among these teas are Dong Ding, Baozhong, Oriental Beauty and others. They are mostly produced for domestic consumption and hardly make it out of Taiwan. So you’re so lucky or financially in a good situation if you had the chance to savor high quality Taiwanese oolong teas.

Is Turkey addicted to tea ?

Turkish Tea - photo is courtesy of Alexander M.
Turkish Tea – photo is courtesy of Alexander M.

No argument there! When a dear colleague of mine sent me link of a post including per person tea consumption of countries, I could not have guessed that Turkey comes first had I not already known it. My first guess would probably have been China or Japan, even England but not Turkey.  We consume almost 7 pounds of tea per person per year, way ahead of other countries. That’s said if you’ve been to Turkey before, you already know that you do not need statistics to figure out this country is crazy about tea. Tea is everywhere from dawn to midnight. Even if you’re not a tea person, you can not call it a day without drinking at least 3-4 glasses of tea.

where the world's biggest tea drinkers are?

It’s mostly black tea though. Other types of teas such as oolong and white teas are hardly known. As for green tea, demand has been increasing but compared to black tea it’s nothing.

I’m quite happy living in a country where you do not have to show any effort to get a cup of tea, sipping is the only action you need to take:) Having said that I’m looking forward to seeing other types of teas as popular as black tea. Just kidding. No way!

Why should you drink oolong tea?

Oolong Tea Set on Flickr
Oolong Tea Set by Junko Hiramatsu

It’s simple: It’s so rich and complicated which you can not get from any other type of tea!

Did I say it’s delicious?

Sky is the limit.

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