Pi Lo Chun (Green Snail Spring) (ZG92)

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Meat, Smoke, Spinach, Vegetables, Peas, Sweet
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 368 ml

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  • “Ahhhhh. This is much more in line with what I like in a green tea. Sweet and peachy without a single flavoring or additive. There is a slight vegetal undertone, but it’s very pleasant. I’m on my...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Quite possibly my favorite green tea to date. I received this Green tea as part of a set from Upton Tea and almost exclusively drink it compared to the others (In regards to Greens). First infusion...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “Ok. I want to start this by saying I have never really been the fondest of straight green tea. However, I have been told by many these days that my experience is skewed because I am used to grocery...” Read full tasting note
    55
  • “Sunday’s green tea tasting project — a never before opened sample tin of this. I have to say, the snails are adorable. In the tin, they smell like sweet peas. The steeped tea may have picked up a...” Read full tasting note
    83

From Upton Tea Imports

The most tender buds are picked under carefully controlled conditions in the spring. One of the most prized of China green teas, only a limited amount of this special grade tea is available.

Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 180º
Steep Time: 3-3½ mins.

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10 Tasting Notes

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1112 tasting notes

Ahhhhh. This is much more in line with what I like in a green tea. Sweet and peachy without a single flavoring or additive. There is a slight vegetal undertone, but it’s very pleasant.

I’m on my second steep now :) Slightly sweeter. Very delightful. It’s funny how tea experiences differ – even within a single tea in a single tin. Although I did what I thought was the same exact thing, this second steep is much sweeter than it was the last time I had this tea. I think that’s one of the reasons I find tea so enjoyable – the unpredictability and the elusiveness. We can try to set the scene just right, but just like life – you never know exactly what is going to happen. Sometimes the same thing is more delightful than at other times. Sometimes you oversteep and it’s forgiving, sometimes a total disaster – cup down the drain. This may make people uncomfortable – I guess they are the soda drinkers, literally and figuratively!

I think I’ll make one more steep :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

Enjoy your tea notes a lot but also, I am enjoying the names of these teas! Green Snail Spring and another person logged China Hairy Crab Oolong!

JacquelineM

Click on the photo of the tea – they look like wee adorable lil snails! So very aptly named :)

JacquelineM

although I don’t think I wanna see a hairy crab tea leaf – ooooh!

Dan

I really like the prices of their samples. Its so easy to try teas.

~lauren.

I’ve not had a chance to try Upton Teas yet – something to look forward to!

~lauren.

OMGoodness, just took a gander at the photo of your tea and YUP, looks like SNAIL! LOL

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18 tasting notes

Quite possibly my favorite green tea to date. I received this Green tea as part of a set from Upton Tea and almost exclusively drink it compared to the others (In regards to Greens). First infusion I’m certain I cooked the leaves with too hot of water revealing a very vegetal/smoky flavor, but it was still delicious. After having some time getting acquainted with this tea I found the flavor to be similar to sweet artichoke leaf dipped in butter with that smoky note!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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107 tasting notes

Ok. I want to start this by saying I have never really been the fondest of straight green tea. However, I have been told by many these days that my experience is skewed because I am used to grocery store green tea. So I bought a bunch of green tea samples to try from across the board to see if what I am being told is right or not. This is one of my first (non-jasmine) attempts. Here goes.

Ok, right off the bat this isn’t starting out well. This tea tastes slightly smoked, which is definitely NOT my favorite flavor. The weird thing is I didn’t notice the smokey flavor till the bottom of cup one. Resteep is smokey right away though. Definitely getting those green tea flavor notes, but it isn’t overpowering. If I had to describe it I would say smoked spinach. There’s almost a meaty flavor to it as well, kinda like jerky. I don’t know if I didn’t prepare this right or what but I’m getting a different flavor profile than everyone else on here. It kinda tastes like… dinner. Like beef and potatoes and veggies dinner all mixed up in one. Not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but certainly not good either. I think I will have to pass on this one and try a different one next time. Oh well.

Flavors: Meat, Smoke, Spinach, Vegetables

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Mastress Alita

I’ve tried many different Pi Lo Chun from several different vendors and don’t think I’ve ever had a smoke note from any of them yet (I don’t like smoky green teas, either). I’ve never had Uptons, though. Meat and veggies are typical flavor notes I’ve picked up on, though! I’ve had a bacon-like taste and scallops/shrimp sort of meaty flavors, and grean beans very frequently. I really like it… but I’ve also never had a smoky one. If I ever had a smoky one, I’d certainly pass on it. I also only steep my greens 1-2 minutes, as I don’t like them getting astringent. Not sure if that would make a difference or not?

Shanie O Maniac

Well, judging from the fact that when I poured the water in the cup there was tons of visible steam coming from it, along with the dark color of the liquid, makes me think I burned the leaves. I tried to use lower temp water but maybe it wasn’t low enough? That may account for some of the smokey flavor. I could try again with lower temp water and only a 1-2 minute steep and see if it helps. I didn’t mind the meat and veggies taste nearly as much as the ash flavor. I suppose I can give this another shot. I will take your advice into account and try again sometime later this week.

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Sunday’s green tea tasting project — a never before opened sample tin of this.

I have to say, the snails are adorable. In the tin, they smell like sweet peas. The steeped tea may have picked up a bit of my last black tea, because it has a fruity smell. Strawberry, really, which doesn’t make a lot of sense because the last black tea’s fruit was apple. In any case, the tea is a pale peachy yellow with some tiny suspended particles.

I’m tasting a bit of fruitiness as well, but mostly it’s a mellow, sweet green. The sweet pea smell of the dry leaf has echoes in the steeped tea. I can’t wait to try it again with a cleaner Breville. :-)

Flavors: Peas, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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2145 tasting notes

Tea #33 from Considering a new TTB
I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would, it had a bit of a bite to it. Perhaps my water hadn’t cooled off as much as I thought it had, or maybe it’s just the tea itself. I enjoyed the second steep more, a subtle sweet note came out to play and it didn’t have the bitterness I noticed in the first steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91
5 tasting notes

I drink this tea every day. Personal favorite.

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

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215 tasting notes

Resteep for a scant 3.5 min, 180F. What a difference 30 sec makes. No bitterness, a pale liquor and fresh, mild taste. Resolution to get it right on first steep next time. Would like to get a bit more flavor.

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10 tasting notes

One of my personal favorites – very delicate, and slightly sweet. Almost straddles the gap (cup?) between budset white teas and greens. Upton often carries both this version, which is grown in the PRC, and also Taiwanese teas in the same style (which are cheaper, and typically good, if not quite as good by my standards).

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