bi luo chun green snail spring green tea
bi luo chun green snail spring dry tea leaves
bi luo chun green snail spring tea liquor in cup
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Bi Luo Chun - Green Snail Spring - Green Tea

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The most delicate of teas. Harvested only once per year from first flush buds and young leaves. Legend has it that the Kangxi Emperor gave this tea its name as the coil shape of the dry leaves reminded him of small snails. Despite its ancient history, production of this tea in Taiwan only began in the 1950’s. During Japanese rule, green tea production was left to Japan. It wasn't until after their departure, and the following wave of new arrivals from China bringing their tea knowledge, that green tea production began to establish itself. Over time, the Taiwanese version adopted an uncoiled, wiry shape. However, similar to its Chinese counterpart, it retains its characteristic white fuzz. These tiny fibers are especially prevalent on buds and young leaves, then shed as they mature. The fibers contain chemicals that help ward off insects, and are said to also add flavour nuances to the tea. The earliest harvest tends to contain the most fuzz, with pre- Qing Ming teas being particularly prized. A popular way to brew this tea is by using the ‘top throw’ style, where leaves are added on top of hot water and observed as they sink. An invigorating tea that is very well-suited for cold brewing. Also known as Pi Lo Chun or BLC.


● Harvest: 3rd week March 2021
● Location: Sanxia, New Taipei City, Taiwan
● Altitude: 300-500m
● Cultivar: Qing Xin Gan Zai

● Method: hand-picked
● Pluck: bud plus 1-2 leaves
● Oxidation: 0-5%
● Roast: none

Tasting notes

● Dry leaf: twisted and wiry whole leaves, spruce green colour with white fuzzy shoots
● Wet leaf: unfurls fully, unbruised
● Liquor: honeydew colour, pale green hue

● Dry leaf: courgette, cucumber, ocean air
● Wet leaf: melon, apricot, fresh cut grass
● Empty cup: sugarcane, iodine

● Taste: spinach, alfalfa, fresh garden peas
● Aftertaste: asparagus, lettuce, celery
● Mouthfeel: brothy, thick, medium astringency

bi luo chun green snail spring flavour wheel by oolongtime

Brewing tips

The following tips are for your guidance.
Please feel free to adjust to taste.

Gongfu style
● 3-4g per 100ml at 80°C (175°F)
● 20-30 secs for 1st steep
● add 5-10 secs for each re-steep
● 3-4 steeps total

Western style
● 0.8-1g per 100ml at 80-85°C (175-185°F)
● 2 mins for 1st steep
add 30-60 secs for each re-steep
1-2 steeps total

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Customer Reviews

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Clara Williams
Light and crisp

Think the flavor description up top is quite accurate. It is pretty light on the palate and the aromas tend to shine afterwards, retronasal. Notes of honeydew melon.

Jennifer Fernandez
bright and airy with a lingering finish

I'm a big fan of green teas. Nice to see Taiwan is producing some also. I know Biluochun can be fussy if brewed too hot, but when done right it is just so delicate. It's like each sip layers on top of the previous one and in the end, you get this nice lingering finish. Very bright and airy.