Wu Liang Mountain Certified Organic Bi Luo Chun Green Tea * Spring 2017

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
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
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by eastkyteaguy
Average preparation
6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

Spring 2017 harvested tea from a high altitude organic plantation in the Wu Liang mountains this lovely 1 leaf and 1 bud green tea was hand-picked and processed by the same family for 3 generations! Nutty and thick vegetal taste with smooth and sweet (never dry) after-taste! A pure green tea that is both healthy and aesthetically pleasing!

Not Certified Organic, but grown without pesticides!

Spring 2017 Harvest

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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

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Nooooooooooooo, it is so lovely to see you here posting one-of notes on a regular basis. Your notes are so thorough and dense that I think we would lose out if your notes were to be posted one after another. I think that would dilute the efficacy of your writing.

teepland

Please let us know if you decide to create a blog with your notes! I will definitely make sure to add it to my RSS feeds for updates – I learn so much from your posts!

LuckyMe

A tea blog sounds like a great idea. Count me in as a subscriber if you decide to launch one

Evol Ving Ness

I will also subscribe to your blog, of course.

Jlvintagelove

I would definitely miss your notes here…they are thorough, and written with purpose and use excellent descriptors. I’d love to follow your blog of course but as it is I feel I have too many places to go on the internet already hahaha

Mastress Alita

Ironically enough, I actually stopped blogging on my own tea blog last month to use Steepster exclusively, myself. In any event, I’d support your personal decisions. I always feel overwhelmed by all the options out there when it comes to pure tea and your notes are very helpful for me in finding pure teas to try in the future!

teagrammie

What a lovely review! I will continue to look for updates. I have a question that has been worrying me. What is the likelihood that there are toxic pesticides used on the yunnan sourcing tea? I wrote to them and got a not very reassuring response that they do no testing and that because the tea I ordered, Old Arbor Black, was produced by a company that also produced Purheeh teas, they thought that probably Old Arbor was fine. But that seemed pretty much conjecture. What are your, or anyhone’s thoughts on that?

eastkyteaguy

Teagrammie, there is a range of thoughts on the issue of pesticide residue in loose leaf tea, and unfortunately, they range from everything is potentially dangerous to everything is mostly safe. I assume the truth lies somewhere between those two extremes. With regard to the teas offered by Yunnan Sourcing, I do know that Scott makes an effort to buy only from sources he trusts. Pesticide testing is expensive, is not exhaustive, and is not always reliable. Just because a tea passes a pesticide test does not mean that it has had no contact with pesticides or any other environmental contaminant. That, in my experience, can be said of just about any agricultural product. The danger of pesticide residue can also be overstated in some instances. As a farmer myself, albeit one with no connection to tea production), I am very aware that not all pesticides are particularly harmful and that organic does not always mean safe or good. So, overall, it seems that you can’t ever be certain. The general consensus is that you are likely more at risk buying lower quality and/or lower elevation teas. The market for loose leaf tea, especially quality loose leaf tea, is surprisingly small (some sources estimate only 15-20% of the global market at most). Most tea gets consumed in bagged form and a lot of the pesticide scares with regard to tea seem to stem from pesticide testing of bagged teas. That is not saying that all bagged teas are bad or dangerous though. In the end, it is just something that you cannot ever really know. My advice would be to avoid sketchy dealers with no reputation in the market, avoid deals that seem too good to be true, and make an effort to drink quality teas that appeal to you. Do not ignore the pesticide risk, just keep it in the back of your mind when making purchases.

eastkyteaguy

Oh, and with regard to Yunnan Sourcing, they are one of the most reputable vendors both domestically and internationally and have been for some time. Other vendors even source from them. Though one can’t be 100% certain, they’re teas are probably pretty safe.

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