What timely arrival! As Spring has arrived here in the U.K, so too has a very special green tea from Taiwan. At the Spring Equinox of about Mar. 21 2011, it is time to begin the harvest of the most prized qualities of spring teas which lasts until Tomb Sweeping Day near the end of March. This tea known as Bi Lou Chun tea is grown in Sansia in Taiwan. Although the name of tea is from China, it thrives in Taiwan due to the cold but humid and foggy, drizzly weather and poetic landscape.
Bi Lou Chun refers to the tea leaves, which it is said resemble the curl of a sea shell from its shape. We translate it as Spiral of Spring Jade.
In Taiwan, there are not many kinds of teas like Bi Lou Chun made due to the fact that these early leaves are normally left to mature to satisfy the demand for beautiful Oolong teas made there. Bi Lou Chun is made from the Chin Sin Gan Tze varietal of tea plant, it is a small leaf plant, green in color, fragrant, with a sweet taste and beautiful shape. Chin Sin Gan Tze is suitable to make Bi Lou Chun tea and Long Jing tea. The name of Chin Sin Gan Tze is coming from the inwardly curled shape of tea leaf looking like that of the leaf of Citrus plants. It only grows in the area of Sansia.
It is full of tea pleasure, the tea infusion is honey green color, its taste is fresh, sweet and natural. For those looking for a high quality green tea with lots of goodness, it is time to try our newest arrival.
Please use filtered water at about 70 to 80 degree C for brewing the tea, infusing for two minutes. Re-use the leaves a further two times. When brewing the tea leaves will roll like clouds in the water, and then sink to the bottom of teapot or cup.
As with many of the world's best teas there is a limited supply and what better time to drink Spring green tea than Spring!