Bilouchun Green Tea

75
Percentile
3 ratings
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Brand:Starway (Tea King of China)
Style:Bi Luo Chun
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Jiangsu, China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Aug. 29, 2011

Commercial Description

Special selection of Biluochun tea from the Great Lake of Jiangsu Province through traditional delicate processing featured by fine snail-shaped leaves, refreshing taste and fragrant aroma.

Brewing Instructions: (from Starway (Tea King of China))

2-3g of tea per cup

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Reviewer pic75 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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This is presumably the same tea that the previous reviewers tasted, but it's packaged in individual 6g pouches (24 packets totalling 150g). At $10, I paid a little more than the previous reviewers did, as well.

That said, this is now one of my favorite green teas. I find it best with a long steep in cooler water (4-5 minutes at 170° F). In addition to the grassy notes that I expect with most Chinese greens, there is a background fruitiness that I normally taste in silver needle whites. The tea has almost no astringency and a mild bitterness in the back of the throat.

As it cools, the fruity sweetness intensifies, with notes of dried apricots and honey.

Even with a long initial steep, I can get a second steeping that is still flavorful. The finish is muted and slightly earthy with a bit of a seaweed flavor, but still nice.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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I came across this randomly at an Chinese supermarket in Philadelphia, and like the last reviewer, I think it's one of the better bargains I've ever run across. I've been using it as a nice 'everyday' sort of green tea for a while now. The large six ounce tin I bought for about four dollars is still going strong.

After a bit of experimenting at the beginning, I pretty much always brew it the same way now - at about 175 degrees for three minutes - and the result is always good. The leaves smell of grass, and the taste comes off to me as primarily grassy with a little pleasant bitterness and a little sweetness. I did have the same experience as the previous reviewer, which is that when I overbrew it, the taste turns metallic really fast.

Still, it's astonishingly cheap for something this tasty. I often find myself making it for guests as an un-fussy green tea whose light bitterness goes well with sweet snacks, especially fruit. It always gets compliments.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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This was the second 'bargain buy' I found in the attractive black-and-green tins that have recently cropped up in Asian markets, from the import company Starway Inc. I think this tea was even more impressive than the first: at $3.98 for 6 ounces, this tea is very cheap, although significantly pricier than the other, Huangshan mao feng (which was $2.99 for the same amount). Like the other, it's not the best green tea I've ever tried, but it is absolutely the best at this price.

Dry leaves have a powerful aroma that suggests sweetness, airy, fresh, but strong. In contrast to the Huang Shan Mao Feng from Starway, I found this tea a bit trickier to brew. If the water is too hot, it gets a bit skunky, bitter, and astringent, with a metallic aftertaste. If it's too cool, it's bland. Fairly strongly caffeinated -- I think this tea contains a lot more tips than the other. When brewed properly though, I find this tea is lighter and sweeter than the mao feng.

Grassy aroma, with an almost fishy quality. Crisp, brisk, not too bitter if you figure out how to brew it well, but with some astringency in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is also somewhat metallic.

Overall though I think this is a better tea. Less leaf is needed to produce a similarly strong, more aromatic cup. Is it authentic Bi Luo Chun? Is it a good example of this style? It's definitely recognizable as the style, but I find it's noticeably less smooth in flavor. The leaf is not very tightly rolled, which I've heard is often an indicator of quality (tighter = higher quality). That said, it's still a good tea. And while I may slightly prefer this to the Huangshan mao feng from the same company, the two teas are very different and I enjoy having both in my cupboard.
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