Golden Bi Luo

Tea type
Black Tea
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Chocolate, Malt, Plums, Raisins, Wood
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “This has become my go-to black tea when I feel like I need something strong to start the day, but I can't decide which tea I want to drink. It has that wonderful toastiness -- almost chewiness --...” Read full tasting note
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    Infusin_Susan 102 tasting notes
  • “I was very close to having CTG’s Keemun again this morning (it's that good) but I decided that I really should try my other teas, so I grabbed this one. The dry leaf smells malty-bakey-sweet and...” Read full tasting note
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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
  • “Wow, my first thought was this is so smooth and full of flavor. Slightly sweet, a bit chewy, and kind of meaty. Not that it tastes like meat but it has a quality I imagine meaty it to be. I know...” Read full tasting note
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    RachanaC 432 tasting notes
  • “I received this very nice sample from Chicago Tea Garden last night but since it was late by the time I checked the mail, I waited until today to give it a try. The dry tea consists of brown and...” Read full tasting note
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    mrawlins2 1015 tasting notes

From Chicago Tea Garden

David Lee Hoffman has been traveling China for over 20 years. His work has led to vast improvements in the quality of tea available to the West. David is especially proud of this tea. Golden Bi Luo is a high-grade black tea made in Yunnan Province in the style of Jiangsu Province’s Green Bi Luo Chun. The name means “snail spring” — spring because this tea is harvested in the spring; snail because the two leaves and down-covered tips are carefully rolled into tight spirals that slowly unfurl to release more flavor during steeping. The spirals are formed using three different hand movements in a heated wok. This tea produces a golden, creamy-tasting liquor with sweet notes of vanilla.

This tea is a master at producing multiple infusions, you can easily get 8 infusions from one serving of this tea. If you buy 50grams and steep 3grams each time, steeping the 3gram serving 8 times will bring the price of this tea to $0.11 a cup.

Golden Bi Luo is a great re-introduction to great, loose black tea. Whether you are looking for an alternative to coffee, or are just getting started with loose leaf and are ready to ditch your tea bags, Golden Bi Luo is a wonderful choice for an everyday tea. This tea is also known as Hong Bi Luo.

About Chicago Tea Garden View company

Chicago Tea Garden is an online tea shop committed to providing extraordinary teas and tea education to tea lovers and those new to the leaf. Chicago Tea Garden's co-owner Tony Gebely also runs the World of Tea Blog [http://www.worldoftea.org] and Tweets at @WorldofTea.

44 Tasting Notes

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102 tasting notes

This has become my go-to black tea when I feel like I need something strong to start the day, but I can’t decide which tea I want to drink. It has that wonderful toastiness — almost chewiness — and that biscuit-y quality that is exactly what I like in a tea to drink with breakfast. It helped jolt me out of my sluggish, sleep deprived stupor this morning, and it tasted so good, I think I’ll drink it again tomorrow.

mpierce87

Man, I miss having this tea in my cupboard. It is a good one!

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I was very close to having CTG’s Keemun again this morning (it’s that good) but I decided that I really should try my other teas, so I grabbed this one. The dry leaf smells malty-bakey-sweet and that smell carries over to the brewed tea.

The taste is sweet and creamy, like a Yunnan that has been gentled with a little milk. It’s very smooth but with a hint of a stouter Yunnan underneath. I wonder if increasing the steep time would bring that out? Though actually, I don’t think I want it stouter. It’s not weak tasting by any means, just smooth. And I wouldn’t want to mess that up. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say I’m getting vanilla notes but the creamy isn’t too far off base from that, just milder than what I’d identify as vanilla. There’s also a freshness about it that makes it seem almost roasted-vegetable-like. The aftertaste is sweet and bakey/toasty and very yum.

There’s not as much depth or awesome-ness as yesterday’s Keemun, but I don’t regret starting my day with this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
LauraR

I have a sample of this…I really must make some. What brewing parameters did you use?

Auggy

Oops, forgot to put that! Zojirushi on 208°, 1st steep @ 1:00, 2nd @ 1:30, 3rd @ 2:30. Tasty stuff!

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432 tasting notes

Wow, my first thought was this is so smooth and full of flavor. Slightly sweet, a bit chewy, and kind of meaty. Not that it tastes like meat but it has a quality I imagine meaty it to be. I know weird. Bottom-line a huge unexpected surprise. I am drooling just thinking about it. Delicious!

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Flavorful, chewy, meaty—all my favorite adjectives! On to the shopping list this goes!

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1015 tasting notes

I received this very nice sample from Chicago Tea Garden last night but since it was late by the time I checked the mail, I waited until today to give it a try. The dry tea consists of brown and gold curls which were almost too cute to steep. The dry leaf smells…I don’t know…I can’t really place it but the word “malty” kept coming to me so maybe it is malty. After steeping, the tea takes on a dark red/brown shade which I found a bit odd for some reason. The brewed tea is also a medium brown shade which I suppose it to be expected. The malty scent from the dry leaf is intensified after brewing and I wasn’t sure if I was fond of the smell since it was so strong. I was standing at least 1-2 feet away and could still smell it. The taste is very smooth, earthy and malty. Honestly, it reminds me a great deal of how Dawn by the Simple Leaf tastes. It has that same sort of earthy quality…so maybe the initial scent isn’t malty but earthy…hmm.. I’m not getting the vanilla that some others and the vendor were tasting but there is a slight sweetness to the aftertaste. I wouldn’t peg that sweetness as vanilla though.
Anyway, I’m surprised I liked this tea so much because it seems most others were using really short steeps. Since I made it before getting online, I used my typical 3 minutes. It will be interesting to see how many infusions I can get out of this.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Kristin

I got this one yesterday too!

TeaEqualsBliss

I got this one TODAY!!!!

mpierce87

I like it! To me, it is Dawn without the chocolate…but in a good way.

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161 tasting notes

After a full week of working in NJ, I am so happy to be home and surrounded by tea again. I have a quick story regarding this tea and airport security. I’ll start off by saying that I ALWAYS get pulled for “random” searches. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that my maiden name is Syrian. (I chose to hyphenate when I got married. Perhaps not the greatest idea in hindsight.) Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah…Random search, my ass! And I look white!…mostly. So I get pulled…they go through my purse, my laptop case, etc. In my purse they find my sample of Golden Bi Lou. I recently received the sample in the mail from Chicago Tea Garden and thought it would be a great size to take on my trip. I DID think to include the slip of paper that came with the tea. (I think this is the only thing that saved me.) While the airport security folks are rubbing various cotton swab pads on the inside of my purse, another security guy dangles the bag in front of me. I told him that it was tea. “Loose. Leaf. Tea.” I guess he’d never heard of it. He thought it was a type of drug. I told him about the slip of paper in my purse that describes the types of tea, steeping times and so on. I pointed out that there was a website on the slip that could further aid the situation. I don’t know if they went to the site or not, but about 5 minutes later they let me go. And I got to keep my tea!

That being said…I really did like this tea. The malty taste comforted me once I got back to my hotel and settled. Maybe it tasted better because of the ordeal I went through to bring it with me. This isn’t the heaviest Yunnan I’ve tasted, but it was quite pleasant. I think I prefer my Yunnan with a little more punch. There was a nice earthy taste and light sweetness to the tea, but I mostly remember the malt and the cute fuzzy leaves…and the fact that it never got bitter in the slightest. I’m very happy with this sample and curious about reading the posts from those that chose the Sticky Rice Pu-erh Toucha. That was the other tea I debated getting the sample of.

Side note: I love how the Golden Bi Lou leaves look! I keep staring at the picture on Steepster like it’s one of those “Magic Eye” prints that were big back in the day. It’s so cool that some of the leaves are in focus and the others are blurry. Great tea photo!

AmazonV

oh no, this doesn’t bode well for my trip to vegas! (in aug)

Auggy

Oh no! I admit, I had to laugh a bit reading this but only because I anticipate the same thing happening to me when I fly with tea!

gmathis

I like to swap with writing buddies when I travel, and I have always wondered if I would need to ask for a cup of hot water to prove what was in my little paper fill-it-yourself filters.

inguna

When you read about it it’s funny. However, when you actually are in such a situation it’s not so funny at all. Glad that at least the tea was good. :)

SoccerMom

Lena, I’ll admit I did laugh for a second and then when “he waved the bag of tea in your face” I was like I know he he didn’t!!! LOL I do remember the black eye and I love the way this tea looks like little snails.

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I have grown to really appreciate this tea. This holds up well to multiple infusions – which is quite convenient at work using Puritea’s personal tea kettle. It is warm and toasty. Cannot get bitter even if you let it steep to long. No need for sugar. When I first tried this one, I did not use enough tea leaves to water, and the tea tasted too mild. Now that I have mastered the steeping parameters, I really like this one. So I am upping the rating and am considering a purchase!

LauraR

What are your brewing parameters with this one?

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243 tasting notes

It’s been ages since I’ve had this tea and all I have been wanting to drink lately is black tea.
Possibly because of the weather? Usually oolongs are my favourite, but I am finding myself disinterested in green oolongs. Perhaps the summer will turn this around. I’m still stalking the Verdant tea website waiting for the Laoshan Black to come back in stock ;( Hmph.

Quick smell of the dry leaves gives a nice sweet malty note.
First steep I get sweetish caramel notes with smoke. Definite smoke. Delicious. A little bit of a harsh edge mid-sip, but it is very lovely still. The smell is delicious. The lingering taste is malty raisin.

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With the last of this sample I decided to experiment with a lower steeping temperature which I don’t often do with a black tea. The result is a smoother, more gentle tea which still retains its malty qualities.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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111 tasting notes

I got this one as a free sample from Chicago tea garden. I have been hanging on to it for awhile and boy am I glad I decided to try it this morning. First off the dry leaf look like little snails and I marvel and adore them every time I look at the bag. The are so cute!!

I didn’t get much off the dry leaf but I am a little stuffy from allergies so this may be why. I am also glad (whew) I read the steeping parameters as I usually go five minutes on black tea and the note said 212 for 1 minute!! Brewed up it is a dark amber, brownish color and the flavor is light and malty a little earthy with no hints of astringency. I really like it and would definitely order this. I appreciate the free sample as it will lead to me purchasing more Bi Lo Chun and others from Chicago Tea Garden.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I thought bi luo was a green tea o.O. I mean I know they classify it as a black tea, but the leaves look as if they are a green tea.

Ricky

Ahhh made in the style of their counterpart green tea. I see it now (in the description).

mpierce87

I loved this one! I really wish I hadn’t run out.

SoccerMom

@Ricky yeah it’s a black tea and it looks like it should be a green tea kinda like Golden Monkey.

@mrawlins2 I know I don’t look forward to running out. I have the leaves from the first steep in the Breville and I intend to resteep another pot for in the morning. Thanks for reminding me so I can go put the basket in the fridge!!

Ricky

You guys have me sold. I’ll have to get a sampler of this when I make my Chicago Tea Garden order. I was going to avoid it at first, but all these praises!

SoccerMom

@Ricky I should clarify in that Golden Monkey is a black tea that is on the lighter side as well as the Bi Lo Chun.

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I am finishing off the sampling of this tea that I have had on hand for a while (thanks TeaEqualsBliss) I like this even more this time than I remember liking it last time, and I liked it a lot last time, so I’ve decided to increase the rating a little.

I just wrote a full-length review of this for the SororiTea Sisters blog but it won’t publish for a few days, so in the meantime, I will say that this tea has such a beautiful malty note to it, it is a very hefty tea with a nice sweetness and a hint of bitter for contrast. A very well-rounded, deliciously balanced cuppa!

LiberTEAS

second infusion is somewhat smoother in flavor, but otherwise very similar – YUM!

mpierce87

Aww, I miss this tea!!

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