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Green Snail Spring ( Bi Luo Chun) - First Grade


In several ways, Bi Luo Chun or Green Snail Spring embodies much of what is wonderful about the spring tea harvest in China. Perhaps no spring green tea encapsulates and cups to the wonderful flavors of the spring harvest as well as this one. Ours is a first-grade leaf harvested in the first pluck of the season before the Qing Ming holiday in early April. Timing of the harvest is critical as prized bud sets must be plucked at just the right time. The plucked leaves are small and delicate, as a result handling and processing can be very challenging.

Why we selected this lot. Warmer weather in southeastern China brought a wide selection of early-pick greens into the marketplace. In time, there is an increasing selection of whiter side or predominately bud set BLCs offered. The lot we selected is a blend of the two styles and offers what we think makes this tea special. The leaves are small, elegant in classic spiral shapes. The lot is made with a good mix of green leaf and white bud. It is well-balanced. In tasting, it was clear this lot held that precious moment of spring when it is plucked and processed, cupping to a rich, vegetal almost broth-like. It is one of the true "vegetal" tasting Chinese greens. It steeps to a cloudy cup color, yet its liquor taste is clean. Harvested in April 2018. Lot #8.

Interesting facts about our selection. This lot was picked pre-Qing Ming. It has a very traditional look - small leaf, mostly white buds, vegetal and clean in taste, offering thirst quenching, sweet notes.

Taste profile. The leaves are tender and complex offering a range of flavors from asparagus to hints of chestnut. We notice some flavor of peach. The liquor is soft and silky. Taste is thirst quenching and clean.

Brewing instructions. Use 3 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a lower temperature, as the leaves are delicate. A temp of 175-195 F is ideal. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. Leaves should yield 2-3 steeps.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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  1. excellent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2018

    the best green tea I have ever tasted

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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