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Formosa Sanxia Biluochun Green Tea

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Formosa Sanxia Biluochun Green Tea

Origin: Sanxia, Taipei, Taiwan 三峽,台北,台灣
Style: None oxidized, light roasted, fresh fruit and flowery aroma
Loose leaf style: Curly slender
Loose leaf color: Dark green
Wet leaf style: Drass green
Tea color: Honey green

This is another Taiwanese take on world famous Biluochun Green Tea. Among many legends about the origin of the name, this one is easier to understand: the yellow green color of tea (碧, Bi), spiral shell shape (羅or螺,luo), and it can only be harvested in spring (春, chun). The tea leaves contains many beautiful furry tea buds. Only new tea leaves (one bud one leaf or one bud two leaves) can be made into this tea. The tea starts with a decent cane sweetness, and soon brings out the fresh flowry aroma. Sanxia Biluochun has a special fried “kelp” sweetness.

Biluochun Green Tea belongs to the category of 「Fried Green Tea」 (chao-qing-lu-cha 炒青綠茶), which means it undergoes the process of pan or cylinder frying as a process of stopping oxidization and partial dehydrating.

Brewing: Green tea is better with lower temperature infusion. For roasted green tea, water temperature around 80℃ – 85℃ (176F-185F) can reduce the dryness and bitterness of tea. For steamed green tea, try lower temperature around 70℃ (158F) for starting.
Biluochun Green Tea is curly shaped, use about 2 tsp with 120c.c. (4oz) 80℃-85℃ (176F-185F) water (or try lower), steam about 50 seconds for the first brew to unroll the leaves, add 10-20 seconds for the following infusions. Provides at least 3 infusions. The tea leaves need to be fully expanded in the container, remember not to put too much loose tea to avoid over packed and bitterness. Once you get familiar with the tea, you may explore your own brewing method.

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What an interesting take on green tea! So refreshing yet so unique. It had a delicate flavor depending on how much you steep it which I believe you could play around with. The description is very true as if you over steep it gets very grassy and bitter but not in that much of a bad way, its good lightly steeped and over steeped :)
The taste was nice and elegant all around and a very floral green, which I enjoyed very much! Actually had this one while watching the sunset last night it was simply a great moment with a great tea. It had the “fried green” back taste which usually I’m not the biggest fan of but it just worked. This is my 2/4 auratea samples and I must say so far I am very pleased with how this company deals with tea. I learned so much the last couple days about teas from the regions of Taiwan it’s crazy! This particular tea is like a Taiwanese version of (Dragon Well) the popular chinese fried green. All in all this one’s up there and I drank many teas. My first steepster PERFECT score!

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165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec
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Hooray for a perfect score! :D

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I just realized it’s been a while since I have had a nice buttered veggies type tasting green. This is very nice! Crisp and clean yet buttered veggies…yum!

Mel

LOVE buttery green teas, this is so going on my wish list. My friend refused to believe me wine could be buttery, and he’ll probably lose it if I tell him tea can be, too!

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