Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun is a famous green tea originally grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Tai Hu, Jiangsu Province, 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 Bi Luo Chun 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 cropped early spring. Legend tells of its discovery by a tea picker who ran out of space in her basket, and put the tea between her breasts instead. The tea, warmed by her body heat, emitted a strong aroma that surprised the girl.
While Dong Ting Mountain is an old tea producing area dating back to the Tang Dynasty (619-907), Bi Luo Chun become very popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and later a Tribute Tea during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). There are many stories about how this tea was named, but the important characteristics are the deep green color (Bi), the curled dried tea shape similar to a snail (Luo). In addition, it must be harvested during the early spring (Chun), which results in its white feathery appearance.
There are five main fresh water lakes in China, the 3rd biggest being Tai Hu (Tai Lake) in Jiangsu Province. Within and around the lake is Dong Ting Mountain where Bi Luo Chun originates. Dong Ting actually refers to two mountains known as Dong Shan (East) seated on the eastern edge of the lake and Xi Shan (West) which sits on an island within Tai Hu. The taste and aroma varies between Bi Luo Chun harvested from these two mountains. Dong Shan Bi Luo Chun has darker and bigger leaves with a rich taste. Xi Shan Bi Luo Chun has small, tender leaves with a gentle taste.
We selected the highest grade of Bi Luo Chun because of its unique fruit-like character that derives from the influence of the many fruit trees that grow on the island. The fruit trees provide shade for the tea bushes and bloom in the springtime when Bi Luo Chun is being picked. This results in a mildly sweet flavor and fruity aroma being transferred into the freshly picked tea.
◆ Origin: It's grown in the east and west Dong Ting mountains in the Tai Lu lake region of province Jiangsu, China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: a bright green colored tea when brewed, a fruity bold aroma and taste.
◆ Notes & Well Being: being a non-fermented green tea, Bi Luo Chun 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
160°F - 170°F
3 - 4 Minutes