Name: Bi Luo Chun Tea /Pi Lo Chun Cha (China green tea)
Green Snail Spring Tea, literally means "Green Conch Spring".
Origin : Jiangsu Province,China
Grade : good
Net Weight: 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Native Mt. Dongting, Suzhou
Storage : stored in a dry place and no direct sunshine
Suggested Usage: Another Hong also willing flavor. Use between one and two teaspoons of leaves per cup of 75-85 degree water (167-185 fahrenheit) for up to 3-5 minutes.
About Bi Luo Chun Tea
Brew clear green, flower fragrance
Water 80 C, before dropping tea in
Bi Luo Chun, 'green and curly leaves of spring' in Chinese, is the second prized green tea only after Dragon Well. One of its outstanding quality is its fruit aroma, endowed with peach, plum, loquat, and orange that intercropped with it.
Another peculiarity is its early cropping. The harvest starts from the Spring Equinox, a Chinese solar term around the beginning of March, when leaf bud is about three quarter inch long. It would need 68,000 - 74,000 tender leaves to produce one pound high-grade tea, making it one of most delicate green tea in China. The grade is decided by the size of leaves, higher the grade number bigger the leaves.
Mt. Dongting is a peninsula stretched into Tai Lake, the third biggest freshwater lake in China. With 1,300 years of tea-cultivation, its porous soil, temperate climate, 1,200 mm annual rainfall, and misty vapor from the lake provides an favorable growing conditions for tea.
Bi Luo Chun is a famous green tea originally grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Tai Hu, Jiangsu Province, China. Also known as Pi Lo Chun, it is renowned for its delicate appearance, fruity taste, floral aroma, showy white hairs and early cropping.
The legend of Bi Luo Chun
For centuries this very famous aromatic light green tea was known by the name Xia Sha Ren Xiang (Astounding Fragrance). A legend explains why. Once in the distant past, some pickers of a particularly good crop filled their baskets before they were ready to go home. Wanting to carry more leaves, they stuffed the excess inside their tunics. Warmed by body heat, the leaves began to give off a rich aroma. "I was astounded," many pickers said, and the name stuck.
Sometime in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century while on an inspection of his realm, Emperor Kang Xi visited the Lake Taihu area in Zhejiang province and his host presented him with this tea. Striking the Emperor as a tea of purity he asked the name. "Astounding Fragrance" was his host's reply. The Emperor, with disdain, replied that such a name for this treasure was vulgar and an insult. Ordering the unused leaves brought for his examination, the Emperor declared that a more fitting name would be Green Snail Spring because the rolled shape looked like a snail shell.
The original name is most popular, however. Peach, apricot and plum trees are planted among the bushes. When these fruit trees bloom, the tender spouts and buds of tea absorb the aromas to be passed on to those who drink their infusion.
The name is now known all over the world, for this is one of China's famous rare teas. Its home is two mountains known as East and West Dongting which poke up out of Taihu, the great lake not far west of Shanghai, and where the garden city of Suzhou is located. One mountain is an island in the lake and the other a peninsula. The water evaporating from the lake keeps them overhung with clouds and mist, thus the young leaves stay moist.