Biluochun Tea Introduction
Biluochun (also known as Pi Lo Chun) is a super famous green tea that is usually harvested in early spring. Chinese tea experts have ranked it the number one Chinese green tea. This popular green tea originates from the Dongting region near Lake Tai and only tea that is produced there can be called real Biluochun tea. The name itself means "Green Snail Spring", which is due to the fact that the leaves are rolled into a spiral, resembling snail meat. Biluochun has a fruity taste and floral aroma that many people enjoy.
The first thing that one notices when unpacking this loose leaf this is its unique form and appearance. If you look closely, you can see delicate white hairs covering the dark and light green leaves and that occurs because the leaves have been harvested in early spring. So if you want to check that you’re drinking genuine, high-quality Biluochun tea, check if the leaves are fuzzy because that’s one of the main characteristics of this famous tea. Low quality Biluochun tea is often stripped of its small white hairs in a mechanical process. Another way to recognize fake Biluochun tea is to closely inspect its flavor. if you cannot taste the complexity of the aroma and taste, there are good chances that you are drinking low quality or non-genuine Biluochun tea.
The aroma of Biluochun tea is fairly strong and complex, ranging from floral, sweet, and fruity tones. You will sense it immediately when the brewing process begins. The taste is somewhat more subtle and gentle, but still very distinctive and different from other green teas. When you take a sip, you will find that the tea is very refreshing and smooth. It’s fruity and floral flavor is instantly recognizable, as well as the sweet aftertaste that lingers on.
The caffeine content of Biluochun green tea is very low, only about 10% of caffeine a regular cup of coffee has. So if you are planning on quitting coffee or reducing your caffeine intake, Biluochun is a great green tea alternative. The small percentage of caffeine will help you wake up in the morning and get you started for the day, but it will certainly not overstimulate your or disturb your sleep patterns. This tea is also much healthier for you than coffee is.
Taste and Smell Profile
• Flavor: Sweet, buttery, fruity
• Color: Yellowish green
• Smell: Floral and fruity
Biluochun Tea Profile
• Before Brewing: Hard, rolled into a tight spiral
• After Brewing: Soft and bright
About AiryTea Biluochun Tea Package
• Tea Type: Biluochun Tea
• Weight: 70g
• Shelf Life: 18 months
• Tea Storage Recommendation: Store it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.
The History of Biluochun Loose Leaf Green Tea
Dongting mountain area is historically very famous for making tea, going as far back as the 7th century, during the rule of the Tang Dynasty. Biluochun gained in its popularity around the 14th century, during the Ming Dynasty. Although there are many different theories for the origin of its name, the name Biluochun contains all the main characteristics of the tea.
“Bi” refers to its green color, “Luo” means snail which is how the rolled leaves look, and “Chun” is spring which tells us when this tea is harvested and made. The original name for this tea was Xia Si Ren Xiang which would translate into “astounding fragrance”. There are actually some stories and legends regarding that name and the tea origin. The story goes that a young farmer girl was picking tea leaves on the Dongting Mountain. The trees were full of leaves and this was going to be an amazing harvest. There was so much of the leaves that all the baskets were full.
The young farmer wanted to pick as many leaves as possible so she decided to roll some of the leaves and place it between her breasts in order to be able to carry as much as possible. The tea leaves were starting to get warmer because of her body heat and started to emit and very strong and distinctive aroma. The girl was very surprised and yelled, “Xia Si Ren Xiang” which means “astounding fragrance”. That is said to be the discovery of Biluochun tea and soon all the farmers started rolling the leaves and making this new tea.
How is Biluochun Tea Made?
An important aspect of this green tea is the area where it is grown and produced. The mountainous area near the Tai Lake proved to be perfect for making this type of tea. Many fruit trees grow there along with the tea trees so that’s where the fruity aroma of this green tea comes from.
The leaves are picked very early in the spring and the timing has to be just right, when the leaves are only starting to separate from the buds. Those young leaves are then spread out on bamboo trays in order to dry naturally. After that, they are pan fried with high precision. Biluochun is not fermented so this is where the processing ends and the tea is packaged.
Health Benefits of Biluochun Tea
You probably know that all green teas are recommended for improving one’s health. The high-quality of Biluochun tea ensures that are a great number of health benefits that occur from drinking it. However, we recommend that you consume only genuine and organic Biluochun tea because all the rest are far inferior in taste, fragrance, and are not good for your health.
Like some other green teas, Biluochun is great for preventing cardiovascular disease, protecting your teeth and ensuring great oral health, and helping with kidney stones. Many people drink this green tea because of its weight loss abilities. The reason why Biluochun may aid you in losing weight is that it improves your digestion and metabolism, as well as help your body burn fat much faster. Drinking this tea every day and exercising will certainly produce great results. This green tea can also reduce stress, anxiety, and make you feel more relaxed and at ease.
For more, please check our post green tea health benefits.
How To Brew Green Tea?
For the best tasting green tea, we recommend you use 2 grams of tea leaves per 6 ounces of water. If you like stronger tea, feel free to add more.
- The optimum water temperature for green tea is 160 - 170* F (70 - 80* Celsius).
- Please note that green tea leaves expand and release their flavors, so a bigger cup or strainer is recommended. Please avoid strainers and cups made of plastic materials.
- After you have boiled water and added tea leaves, let it sit in the cup / kettle for 60 seconds, then taste every 30 seconds until you find your favorite taste combination.
Green Tea Shipping Times
We are proud to offer two great shipping methods that will suit everyone’s needs.
Flat Rate Shipping
- Great for people who are not in a hurry and want to save on even more for green tea. This method will take around 10 to 30 days to arrive.
- For everyone who wants to try our green tea as soon as possible, pick this method and get your tea in just 1 to 5 business days.
Please note: this excludes handling time, which is usually less than 24 hours. However, if there are certain situations beyond our control (such as the post office being closed) it may take up to 72 hours for your package to be shipped.
If you have changed your mind regarding the tea, you can return the unopened package to us and we will be more than happy to give you a refund. Please contact us (with your order number) to proceed with the request.
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