Yunnan Green Spring Snail Bi Luo Chun Green tea * Spring 2018

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Anise, Lemon, Pepper, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetal, Floral, Grass, Spices, Umami
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Mastress Alita
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 oz / 179 ml

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  • “Summer Vacation! I received this from derk, thanks so much! I have to get up early tomorrow (on a day off too, uuuuugh…) so I made a very small cup of this so I won’t get too wired tonight. Since I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Finishing up my bag of this. Gone western. 1tsp, 8oz, 175F, 60/90/120s all combined into one big glass. Don’t oversteep! It can get really astringent. Who doesn’t love snails? I bought this tea...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “I am not into green teas but still diligently buying them and trying to develop a liking. The greens are supposedly really dependent on being fresh so here it comes a new harvest, right off the...” Read full tasting note
    87

From Yunnan Sourcing

Spring comes early in Yunnan! A mild sunny winter, quickly gives way to spring which allows for this fresh and nutty green tea. It is composed entirely of buds and leaves picked in early March. The tea is expertly processed in small batches to ensure a nutty thick fresh green tea taste!

If not over-steeped or scalded (use 85C-90C water) it can be infused up to 8 times!

Classic Yunnan Green tea with 1 leaf and 1 bud picked and rolled together!

Late February 2018 Harvest!

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Summer Vacation! I received this from derk, thanks so much! I have to get up early tomorrow (on a day off too, uuuuugh…) so I made a very small cup of this so I won’t get too wired tonight. Since I didn’t use much leaf since I was making such a small cup, I decided to set the rest to cold steep overnight as an iced tea, as I remember thinking when I tried a different Bi Luo Chun sampler that I might like it iced, so now I’ll have a chance to try that.

This got steeped a bit longer than my last cup — not by intention, but because I was doing some stuff in my kitchen and wasn’t being precise about it. It was definitely a much stronger flavor and had just a little of a vegetal bite, but I think I got back to it before any true astringency damage could be done.

This is a much more savory flavor than the other Bi Luo Chun I tried, very vegetal with notes of grass, lemon, water chestnuts, and a hint of spice (particularly pepper and anise) toward the end of the sip. Still just as relaxing, though.

Flavors: Anise, Lemon, Pepper, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 1 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
derk

Interesting to see such a difference between two people. No peach at all for you? I was pretty excited about that.

Mastress Alita

No, I didn’t get any peach. Though I still have a quart that was prepared cold brew style in the fridge that I haven’t touched yet.

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Finishing up my bag of this.

Gone western. 1tsp, 8oz, 175F, 60/90/120s all combined into one big glass. Don’t oversteep! It can get really astringent.

Who doesn’t love snails?

I bought this tea right after it became available in the spring. I can’t recall what the dry leaf smelled like when it was really fresh but at the moment I can’t pick up on anything definable. It’s just soft. Plop these downy snails on the top of some hot water. Watch them unfurl. The brewing liquor smells much like bacon-wrapped sweet scallops. Very umami!

After pouring all three steeps together, the liquor is a light green-yellow with a ton of down floating around even after using a strainer. If you don’t use a strainer, you’ll end up with some black char bits floating around that eventually settle to the bottom. The taste is soft with scallops, grass, mineral lemon water, white florals and a sweet, very light peach. The peach becomes quite prominent in the aftertaste and resembles peach gummy rings, though not nearly as strong. The mouthfeel is thick, light and glassy, with a complementary astringency and saltiness as long as you don’t overbrew. Salivation is also present.

This tea is still nice, light and refreshing 6 months after harvest. Very affordable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am not into green teas but still diligently buying them and trying to develop a liking. The greens are supposedly really dependent on being fresh so here it comes a new harvest, right off the fields, Spring Snail Bi Luo Chun.

It is a very good looking, fragrant tea. it is rolled into nice little heavy snails, making it easy to put too much into a teapot if you go by volume vs. weight. Both dry and wet leaves smell of umami, grass and spices.

The taste is the same. I started with 15 secs (5g/100g) and it was to short, resulting in the taste being mostly umami a-la sencha. Then I increased the time to 25-so seconds and hit the right spot, bringing in the complexity. The tea gave off 4 solid steeps.

This is the tea that is hard to grade: the taste was good but not great, while the aroma and appearance are top notch.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Spices, Umami

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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