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No. 126 - Bi Luo Chun Green Tea

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Made only from tea leaf tips in an involved process that results in it having a tight rolled up shape, Bi Luo Chun is renowned for its strong fruity aroma and mellow flavor. A plantation growing Bi Luo Chun is amazing to visit, with the tea plants mixed in with a variety of fragrant fruit trees to give the tea its aroma and taste. Bi Luo Chun is premium grade direct from the slopes of Dong Ting mountain, has a bright green color and strong almost citrus aroma to it. An amazing tea!

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History

Bi Luo Chun tea originated in the area around the eastern peak of Dong Ting mountain in Jiangsu.  In Chinese the name Bi Luo Chun means green snail Spring, in reference to its tight rolled up appearance resembling a snail and the fact that it is picked in Spring.  It was given this name during the Qing Dynasty by the then emperor, Kang Xi, who very much favoured the tea, but – perhaps with some reason – was not really enamoured with its original name of “Xia sha ren xiang”, which roughly means “scare you to death fragrance”.

During the 1890's it was ranked first amongst Chinese green teas, and since that time has always been ranked in the top three.  For many years it was only grown in the area around Mt. Dong Ting, but has recently also been produced in Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces.  However the best Bi Luo Chun continues to be produced in the original mountain area of Dong Ting, which is where we visited before deciding on which tea to offer to you.


Where is our Bi Luo Chun green tea produced?

Our Bi Luo Chun is from Fuding, Fujian. They use the tea source from Dong Ting area, which is the origin place of Bi Luo Chun, and an area surrounded by high, forested mountains with a mild, wet climate – a perfect tea growing environment!

Map of Jiangsu province


Brief Health Info

Being a non-fermented green tea, Bi Luo Chun has high levels of antioxidants and other natural chemicals that give green teas their ability to reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging.  Also high in vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, they also promote healthy teeth and bones.

Additional Information

Ingredients Green Tea
Product of: No
Region(s) Jiangsu Province - Mt. Dong Ting
Antioxidants High
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 2.87 fl oz / 85 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 176 F / 80 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 4 g
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Rinse, 30s, 50s, 80s, 100s
Western Method (Water Amount) 16.9 fl oz / 500 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 185 F / 85 C
Western Method (Amount) 2-3 Tablespoons
Western Method (Time) 1-4 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No