New green teas! What a treat it is to have all of these teas fresh from the spring harvest. Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for sending this sample of the spring 2013 bi luo chun.

The dried leaf of this tea smelled potently like spring veggies like sugar snap peas and perhaps even a hint of asparagus. It’s beautifully squiggly, green, and fuzzy. It smells, well, like bi luo chun. Buttery and vegetal and a bit like miso soup. This one ended up brewed a bit light, but it is still very flavorful with fresh green vegetal notes like buttery beans and a hint of fruitiness, perhaps like fresh green grapes. The texture of the liquor is smooth and silky, adding to that buttery feeling. This harvest is quite nice and makes for a very satisfying cup of green tea.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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