Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: In Nature
The words Bi Lo Chun translate literally to mean ‘spring snail shell’. The leaves are picked in the spring. Then, when you see this tea, you will notice that the leaves are rolled into small balls which resemble snail shells.
When brewed, this green tea produces a yellow-green colour, the fragrance is described as floral and it has a clean and smooth flavour with a sweet after taste.
There is no doubt that this is a “Spring” tea – springtime is in the aroma and in the taste. The fragrance is lightly floral and grassy, evoking images of springtime when you can smell the scent of flowers in bloom and the fresh, green grass wafting through the air.
The flavor is also lightly floral. It has a “green” taste to it that falls somewhere between grassy and vegetable-like. It is very pleasantly sweet with a savory taste that hits just after mid-sip, just enough bitter taste to cut through the sweet and give the cup balance. There is some drying astringency at the tail, and the aftertaste is sweet.
Overall, I find this to be a very agreeable Bi Luo Chun (or Snail Shell tea as it is sometimes called) with an uplifting, crisp taste. I like it particularly in the afternoon or early evening when I am in need of invigorating; it seems to gently energize the body while it replenishes the soul and soothes the spirit.
This is the perfect way to de-stress!