Bi Luo Chun aka Jade Green Snail Spring is a really famous Chinese tea often cited alongside Long Jing as one of the greatest Greens in China. Top grade Bi Luo Chun commands a high price but it has such a snob value that even medium quality tea is quite expensive.
The problem with Bi Luo Chun is that it is a very fussy tea. Everything from the terroirs, to the picking, to the processing has to be perfect otherwise Bi Luo Chun can fall very quickly from its lofty heights and become an overpriced tea without much character. Most teas are a lot more forgiving than Bi Luo Chun and that makes finding the perfect batch such a mission for us at Mei Leaf.
For two years we have not stocked Bi Luo Chun because we could not get the best batches at the right price and we decided to find other gems for our clients. This year though we managed to grab a fabulous batch and we are so happy to share it with you.
This Green Coil was picked on 27th March 2017 in the Dong Shan region of Dong Ting mountain in Jiangsu province. This is the ultimate terroirs for Bi Luo Chun. We have tried to find other regions but we have found all other tea to be a poor substitute for Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun.
It is a vibrant and rich tea whilst maintaining a bright and light demeanour. The buds and leaves are so delicate and fine from perfect firing and hand rolling in small batches. There is a whisper of hot wok underpinning a lush taste of spring vegetables, minerals and elderflower.
If you have never tried Bi Luo Chun then this is the pinnacle to lock into your taste memory. If you have ever bought Bi Luo Chun and been a bit non-plussed by its taste (compared with price) then please give this batch a try and we think that you will have a fresh appreciation of this famous tea.