Bi Lo Chun

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Green Tea
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Flavors
Artichoke
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “I ordered a sample of this to try side by side with the Teavivre version. For more details see my note on that one. I really like this! There is a lovely orange flavor laid right over the top of...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1828 tasting notes
  • “I got a sample of this yesterday and am enjoying it greatly. This is a light tea, both in color and flavor, and the pale liquor has the faintest floral aroma- so faint I thought at first that I was...” Read full tasting note
    VeryPisces 53 tasting notes
  • “This tea, in my opinion, is one of the little treasures in life. There's something about it. It both tastes and smells great and also makes me feel great as well. As for the taste, it has sort...” Read full tasting note
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    ru06 10 tasting notes
  • “This Chinese green tea is best identified by its light, sweet, and slightly roasted vegetal aromas that are semi-reminiscent of steamed green beans; coupled with faint citrus (particularly orange...” Read full tasting note
    73
    harneytea 157 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

The frizzy white and green curls are made by hand on DongTing Island in Jiansu Province. It is light in body and has wonderful light floral aromas, possibly from the surrounding orange trees.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

8 Tasting Notes

1828 tasting notes

I ordered a sample of this to try side by side with the Teavivre version. For more details see my note on that one. I really like this! There is a lovely orange flavor laid right over the top of this, not added flavor but possibly a natural scenting of the leaves from the orange blossoms that are all around the plantation, according to Harney and Sons. This is full of flavor and very enjoyable, but if it cools there does appear a tiny touch of bitterness. Just reheat if you don’t like that.

The Teavivre version is more oat-y, while this one is more citrus fruity. So both were excellent this morning, they are just so different. Instead of apples to apples, I feel Ike I am comparing oats to oranges! Really, though these have the same name and come from the same region, you may have a strong preference for one or the other based on what you are looking for in a Bi Lo Chun. They taste like completely different teas to me.

Edited to add: Teavivre’s description of their tea matches the taste of Harney’s so maybe I didn’t use enough leaf? And Teavivre’s is far less expensive at $10.90 for 3.5 ounces, while Harney’s is $20 for two ounces.

Dinosara

Interesting! I will definitely have to try the Harney version sometime.

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53 tasting notes

I got a sample of this yesterday and am enjoying it greatly. This is a light tea, both in color and flavor, and the pale liquor has the faintest floral aroma- so faint I thought at first that I was imagining it. I like the subtle flavors- they force me to quiet down and pay attention to fully enjoy it. This will probably become my “meditation tea.”

My sample, purchased in October, 2012, cost $4.00.

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10 tasting notes

This tea, in my opinion, is one of the little treasures in life. There’s something about it. It both tastes and smells great and also makes me feel great as well. As for the taste, it has sort of a full body which I think is contributed by the down that covers the tea. It coats the back of your throat as it goes down and leaves a nice and light aftertaste. This tea is fresh and I can smell notes of oranges. It is slight, but is definitely there. Perhaps those who say they can’t notice this are those who have an older crop or one that is not as fresh or maybe even aren’t using the right water. Also this tea puts me into a state of general well being. I feel like there are no worries in the world and feel well nourished and satisfied after I finish a cup of this. It also lifts my mood. It’s the small things in life, like this tea, that mean so much to me. Also, I can always count on Harney and Sons to bring tea of top shelf quality. Some other vendors may have counterfeit Bi Lo Chun or even one of a lower grade. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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157 tasting notes

This Chinese green tea is best identified by its light, sweet, and slightly roasted vegetal aromas that are semi-reminiscent of steamed green beans; coupled with faint citrus (particularly orange blossom) hints. Bi Lo Chun possesses a pale green liquor that is often cloudy from the down and is fixed and fired over raging hot woks with final production resembling tiny snail shells, as they are very tightly wound.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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2399 tasting notes

I’m back from the dentist. After having four fillings done my mouth is still numb!

It’s difficult to taste anything so why am I writing a tea tasting note? I will chalk it up to boredom and procrastination. I’ll write a better tasting note for this once I am back to normal. I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about it before now!

This is a good every day tea green tea. It’s flavorful with lots of vegetal notes especially artichoke. this is perking me up a bit after having my mouth assaulted earlier. ;-)

Flavors: Artichoke

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yeeouch! That is a lot of fillings.

TeaBrat

ugh. I know. Two of them were old fillings that needed to be replaced though.

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54 tasting notes

Dang. Smells amazing. Light, very slightly vegetal, slightly fruity kinda? This is awesome. Will log better when not playing hostess. A plus would recommend.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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171 tasting notes

Experience buying from Harney & Sons http://steepster.com/places/2779-harney-and-sons-online-millerton-new-york

Age of leaf: Lot #11196 (brewed about six weeks after receiving sample).

Dry Leaf: Sample size (roughly four generous teaspoons); a mixture of light and dark green, curly, and somewhat fuzzy, small leaves. There was a very thin sprinkling of ‘down’ on the spoon I used to measure it, and on the walls of the small glass jar I temporarily stored it in. Strong, roasted, vegetal, sweet smell.

Brewing guidelines: Glass Bodum pot with metal strainer/plunger. Four
8-ounce cups of water used. Stevia added to compliment flavor.
Steepings: 1st: 172, 2’
……………..2nd: 175, 2.5’
……………..3rd: 178, 3’
……………..4th: 182, 4’

Aroma: Mildly vegetal.

Color of liquor: Pale yellow.

Wet leaf: Dark green, fresh appearance; smells slightly roasted. Lots of nice-looking small buds and bud-sets. No fragments. A few dark shriveled pieces.

Flavor: Mild and pleasant (somewhat similar to the H&S Anji Baicha I had recently). Slightly roasted taste which comes out more when cooled. No astringency.

Value: Good for a sample ($2). Their price for two ounces ($20 USD) seems to more reasonable compared to at least one other vendor I know of who stocks it (Seven Cups).

Overall: My wife and I both thought that this was a pleasant tea enjoyed without any typical green tea astringency. Flavor held up through four steepings (flavor very mild on the 4th). What I will most likely remember most about this tea is the fine downy covering left behind on anything the dry tea came in contact with, a subtle testament to its authenticity (which I believe is due to its being harvested in early spring).

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