Green Snail Spring

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Green Tea
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Honey, White Grapes, Dry Grass, Green, Vegetal, Floral
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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 g 9 oz / 276 ml

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This Bi Luo Chun, or “Green Snail Spring” is an organic, Spring-picked offering from high on Dazhangshan in the Wuyuan Mountains, Jiangxi. The tiny curled leaves provide a potent, thick vegetal brew. Drinkers looking for a clean, energetic green will really enjoy this take one of China’s most famous green teas.

Picked May 2014 at about 3,600 feet. Certified by China Organic Food Certification Center.

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5 Tasting Notes

3 tasting notes

2017 tea, brewed in May 2018.
1st infusion at 1:00
STRONG honey scent immediately on taking the lid off the gaiwan, that vanished quickly.
Pleasant taste, mouthfeel. Very mellow. A bit of astringency in the background. A touch of sweetness. I like it.
Faint ghost of white grape juice and dryness as an aftertaste.

for 1:30
Very slight tobacco aroma on the lid. Liquor itself smells faintly of honey.
A bit more astringency, a bit less sweetness. Juicy. Something almost like cigarette ash? But not unpleasant.

for 2:00
Not much difference at all from 1:30. Just a little more astringency and less of everything else. Seems like that’s all I’m going to get out of this one.

Flavors: Honey, White Grapes

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
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NOTE: Brewed @175F this was unbearably astringent. I wouldn’t go above 160.

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21 tasting notes

Bright green with depth of flavor. These small snail leaves brew to thick green leaves. A meditation to watch.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Green, Vegetal

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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1113 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample with my recent order Garret!

This is the 2015 version and it is super sweet and vegetal. Very nice green! :D

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1758 tasting notes

This is a mildly sweet, somewhat floral, somewhat vegetal, tasty green tea. It also seems to have a slight sour note to it. As I have little experience with Bi Lo Chun teas I don’t know how it compares to others of its type. But it is good. If only it didn’t have this sour note. I wonder if that could be my taste buds? Could it be brewing temperature? Did I use slightly too much tea? I brewed it for the right amount of time. I picked up the greens in my latest order with Mandala and Teavivre because I have been told to cut down on my caffeine and there are nights where I just must avoid caffeine because of my work schedule. It is established that green tea has less caffeine than black tea, the science is not clear on puerh. Sometimes puerh keeps me awake, but that may be because of the tendency to resteep it many times and extract all of the caffeine.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 1 min.

Flavors: Floral, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

Bi Lo Chuns are kind of sour and they remind me of artichokes


I did not know Bi Lo Chuns tended to be sour?

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661 tasting notes

Had this one yesterday and although I can’t remember details about it, I know I enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best Bi Luo Chun I’ve had but still very good. I’m such a Bi Luo Chun nut anyway. I just realized I’ve got a few BLC’s in my cabinet. I’ll hold off rating this tea until I’ve had it a second time.

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