Imperial Grade Organic Bi Luo Chun Green Tea - Winter 2016

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Berries, Floral, Honey, Jam, Nectar, Sweet, Thyme
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “At first, the smell seems similar to Japanese green teas, but then I notice an a floral & sweet note, a bit like honey, but not quite. In fact, it reminds me of breckland thyme to a large...” Read full tasting note
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Taiwan didn’t have a history of making green teas, but thanks to the Chinese that came to Taiwan in 1949, Taiwanese started to process this varietal named “Chin Shin Gan” into green tea. Thus fulfilling the nostalgia of Chinese on the island.

Today the most famous tea from Sanxia is undoubtedly Bi Lo Chun. Unlike Long Jing from Sanxia, Bi Lo Chun is a fairly new variety to the region. Since 1990s, Bi Lo Chun has replaced the fame of Long Jin and became the most popular tea of the region thanks to the special body brought by Qing Xin Gan Zai. Unlike Long Jing, Bi Lo Chun requires more tender ingredient “one bud one leaf” to process. Until today this kind of green tea is one of the most interesting green tea in the world thanks to the unique tradition of oolong making. Synthesizing green tea taste and oolong in some aspects. This feature is especially evident in the body of the tea that isn’t present in most green teas.

Harvest: Winter 2016 / 冬 貳零壹陸
Varietal: Ching Shin Gan Varietal / 青心柑種
Elevation: 300 M / 參佰 公尺
Region: Sanxia / 三峽
Oxidation Level: 0 % / 無
Roast Level: 0 / 無

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At first, the smell seems similar to Japanese green teas, but then I notice an a floral & sweet note, a bit like honey, but not quite. In fact, it reminds me of breckland thyme to a large extent. The taste is fairly sweet and mild with only a hint of umami. I didn’t find any bitterness and only very little astringency from the third steep onwards. Next time, I can maybe use hotter water to see how the tea reacts. The mouthfeel is velvety and body is medium for a green tea.

Overall, it reminds me of some early spring chinese green teas I have had, but I like this one more because of its stronger flavour and thicker body.

Flavors: Berries, Floral, Honey, Jam, Nectar, Sweet, Thyme

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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