Guangxi Green snail or Cui Luo is a famous green tea from Guangxi province. In the Chinese language, the word "Cui" refers to the jade and "Luo" refers to the "snail". Literally tea is rolled into the shape like a snail. This is the reason why the tea is served in glasses, allowing the sight to be fully enjoyed. Up to five re-infusions can be made from the same serving of tea.
The flavor of this tea is very refreshing and flowery. It doesn't give a smoky flavor like that of gunpowder tea. It is made from a cultivar called Ling Yun Bai Hao. The distinctive flowery flavor comes from this unique cultivar. This cultivar was typically developed in Guangxi province. This tea tree is grown at mountainous area at 300-1000 m a.s.l, at the North and West part of Guangxi,. This place is very rocky and also very rich in fine red clay. The high altitude, rocky environment and the clay that is rich in iron produces tea with high mineral content and intense flavor.
This "Cui Luo" gives a very flowery flavor that reminds us of fine Darjeeling first flush. Its sweet flavor spreads not only in the mouth, but also travels down the throat. Its thick and long lasting taste, and lingering sweetness is very addictive. Since it is so popular, in Guangxi this tea is plucked and processed all year round. From the appearance, all of them looks similar, except the late-plucked tea leaf has bigger size. Nevertheless, the taste of the late-plucked tea is very much different from the taste of the early-plucked tea. If tea is plucked after May onwards, it tastes bitter and astringent. Thus, we only select the tea harvested either in March or April.
◆ Origin: Guangxi Province, China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: the first infusion is strong and has a lasting aftertaste. Second infusion features a more complex shifting fruity, flowery and nutty notes in the taste.
◆ Notes & Well Being: being a non-fermented green tea, this tea has high levels of antioxidants and other natural chemicals that give green teas their ability to promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. Also high in vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, they also promote healthy teeth and bones.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
175°F - 185°F
3 - 4 Minutes