Green Snail Spring (Bi Luo Chun)
Harvest date 2016 - lot is pre-Qing Ming pick. Crisp green leaf, lightly curled and sprinkled with white buds. This is a harvest-grade or select grade of Bi Luo Chun. It offers a greener leaf appearance than our higher grade and a wonderful herbaceous taste. An excellent value as this tea captures a taste of spring and offers a vegetal-sweet, relaxing cup.
Why we selected this particular lot. This lot was harvested in the first pluck of the season before the Qing Ming holiday of April 5th. Given the timing of the pluck, the leaves are fresh with flavor and should be high in mineral content and antioxidants. It has the appearance we look for in this grade and its taste is full bodied and clean.
Tasting notes. These select leaves are pan fried capturing fresh and sweet, soft fruity flavors. We find hints of apricot, vegetal notes that are sweet with no astringency.
Brewing suggestions. Three grams of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 185-195 degrees F should result in a flavorful cup or pot. Steep time is best at 2 minutes and taste. It can be steeped for 3 plus minutes while maintaining a sweet-side flavor.
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Made soft and pliable by the heat of firing or "de-enzyming", the BLC leaves are then rolled into their classic spiral shape.
Tea is also known as Pi Lo Chun.
Soon as you open the bag it's good
Posted by Christina Ruda on 30th Nov 2016
In my opinion, this tea smells like fine dark chocolate in the bag. It goes from this aroma, to a delightful green and herbal scent when prepared. This was my second time getting green snail. I am not well versed in the proper prep of tea, but this one just shines no matter what. I usually just put enough for my taste in my clear mug and pour water just under boiling. The tea liquor is a lovely pale green color, which I adore. Thank you Silk Road!
Solid tea to keep in the house
Posted by Q on 9th Jun 2015
I only give this tea 4 stars because there is a competition grade of the same kind that's even better. That said, this is one of the best teas for the price and I keep it consistently stocked as it's a very versatile option. Lower temperatures (145-155 degrees F) reveal a light and sweet almost honey tinge with the typical light veggie taste expected of green tea. Slightly higher temperatures (around 175-180 degrees F) with a slightly longer brew time reveal similar characteristics as lower temperature brews with the added taste I can only describe as warm summer dew. Very refreshing and a solid pick for anyone who enjoys tea.
My Favorite of the Season
Posted by Allen Chang on 1st Oct 2014
Smooth, a bit floral, and not grassy at all.. I thought it was better than the competition grade Bi Luo Chun from the 2013 harvest.