What is Bi Luo Chun?
Biluochun or Bi Luo Chun or Pi Lo Chun (Chinese: 碧螺春) is a famous loose leaf green tea origins from the Dongting mountain region near Lake Tai in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. Also known as Pi Lo Chun, it is renowned for its delicate appearance, fruity taste, floral aroma, showy white hairs, and early cropping. The name Biluochun literally means “green snail spring”. It is called so because it is a green tea that is rolled into a tight spiral, resembling snail meat, and is harvested in early spring.
Characteristics of Bi Luo Chun
Bi Luo Chun is made from bud tea or one bud one leaf, so there will be many hairs on the tea as a symbol of delicacy. Bi Luo Chun tea has a curly surface and a dark green color with tender yellow hair. It has a very fruity aroma and light sweet taste.
Bi Luo Chun Production Processes
During Spring, usually around mid March farmers will start tea plucking. The standard for Bi Luo Chun tea leaves is one bud or one bud with one leaf with a overall length of 1.5-2cm.
Spread the tea leaves on a dry and cool surface to reduce moisture until it is ready for the next step.
The temperature of the teawok should be about 170℃ during the tea fixation. The fixation process will last for around 3-4 minutes. The fixated tea leaves should be tender green.
Roll the tea leaves in the wok with a temperature of around 70℃ to further dry the leaves and shape the tea leaves into a curly shape. The shaping process will last for around 20-25mins.
To finally dry up the tea leaves at a low temperature until the tea is ready for packaging.
Features of authentic Bi Luo Chun:
1. From Dongting Mountain
2. Curly dark green leaves with fuzzy tender-yellow tea hairs
3. Rich fruity aroma
4. made from one bud or one bud with one leaf tea