I have no clue why, but I just have not felt like posting much to Steepster lately. It’s not that I’m bored with tea or anything; instead, I suddenly seem more content to keep my thoughts to myself for slightly longer stretches of time. I still want to share my impressions of the teas I drink and I have no intention of abandoning the community. I just no longer feel the need to post here on a daily basis. It seems probable that I will start posting reviews to Steepster in one go (perhaps once or twice a week) from this point forward. I’m also toying with the idea of starting my own independent blog in the coming months. I kind of want to do it. At least a couple of people have asked me to consider it over the course of the past year and I feel like I am running out of reasons to
avoid or delay it any further. Obviously none of the above has anything to do with this tea. I just felt the need to share a personal update.
In actual tea-related news, I keep making progress toward finishing all of the green and white teas I acquired last year. I’m much less worried about the white teas at the moment. I want to get to all of the green teas while they are still at, or at least near, their best. This Bi Luo Chun was one of my more recent sipdowns. I finished the last of a 50g pouch of it at the end of last week. I found it to be an excellent Bi Luo Chun, and that is saying something considering that I tend to be notoriously hard on Yunnan Bi Luo Chun green teas.
I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea in 4 ounces of 176 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.
Prior to the rinse, the dry tea emitted aromas of fresh bamboo shoots, hay, smoke, and corn husk. I found an emerging roasted corn aroma after the rinse. The first proper infusion yielded a roasted grain scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered bamboo shoot, hay, corn husk, smoke, and roasted corn notes. Subsequent infusions introduced impressions of butter, cream, malt, nectar, squash blossom, grass, beechnut, roasted chestnut, zucchini, lemon zest, lime, lettuce, minerals, and garden peas to go along with belatedly emerging roasted grain notes. The later infusions mostly offered lingering impressions of minerals, corn husk, roasted corn, and butter underscored by vague notes of grass and nuts.
In my limited time reviewing teas and in the slightly stronger stretch I have spent reading the reviews of others, I have noted that Yunnan Bi Luo Chun green teas kind of tend to be love or loathe experiences. My own impressions of these teas tends to to vary wildly. Though I may tend to grade other styles of Yunnan green tea highly on a fairly consistent basis, this is a style about which I am notoriously nitpicky. That being said, I found a lot to love about this particular tea. It never really veered into the unwelcome smokiness or astringency that can sometimes plague this sort of green tea. Furthermore, it held its aromas and flavors well and carried them throughout the vast majority of a lengthy session. That, in particular, appealed to me. If one were to start here with Yunnan Bi Luo Chun green teas, one could do far, far worse.
Flavors: Bamboo, Butter, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Cream, Garden Peas, Grain, Grass, Hay, Lemon Zest, Lettuce, Lime, Malt, Mineral, Nectar, Nutty, Roasted, Smoke, Squash Blossom, Zucchini