Taiwan is land of Oolong. This is very good but as a counterpart everything revolves around these teas. As you already know, Oolong cover a broad spectrum of tea oxidation, from the very light green Oolong to the Red Oolong. Being the lightest Oolong the Baozhong, we could say that it looks very similar to a green tea, but even so, it is very different from a classic Chinese green tea.
So after a long search I finally found a green tea I am happy with, it’s a BiLuoChun 碧螺春. I really wanted to offer a proper green tea in the store. It is a tea originated in Jiangsu in mainland China, near Fujian, the birthplace of many famous Chinese teas. And also close to Taiwan, so it is not surprising that it arrived to the island. “Sunrise” comes from Taiwan, SanXia 三峽 which is the most renowned area in Taiwan for Biluochun. The name Biluochun means “spring green snail” and it is said that the Emperor KangXi gave it this name because of its fine and twisted shape, rolled into fine strips. It is a tea that became famous for its intense aroma and is considered one of the 10 great Chinese teas.
The dry leaf releases freshness and the first thing to realize are the abundant tips and white fur. This gives us the clue that it’s a tea with many buds, which is usually synonymous with a careful harvest at the right time in Spring. It’s very aromatic, flowers and freshly cut grass with a marine touch. It is made with the cultivar “QingXin GanZai” 青心柑仔, unusual and that I haven’t seen used for other teas in Taiwan.
If I had to describe this biluochun with a word it would be elegant. It is a very subtle tea with a very sweet vegetable flavor, nuts and pronounced umami. The liquor is like a delicate blow with a beautiful pale green color. If you can use glass tea ware you will enjoy the performance. Oolong are tough teas that withstand very high temperatures, but with a green tea like this we have to put extra care and be mindful of the temperature and appropriate times (see table below for my recommendation, but, try by yourself!).
It is a tea harvested in Spring 2018 and you have my guarantee that it still retains its freshness intact. I got a very small amount because of it and I will renew it if necessary. Hurry up before I drink it all!
Green Tea Sunrise brightens your day by
- Light as a breeze.
- A classic Chinese tea in its Taiwanese version.
- Made in a glass tea ware, teapot, gaiwan or glass will give you an extra of enjoyment.
|Amount of tea||1st infusion||Following
|GongFu||70 – 80ºC
160F – 175F
|4 gr. per 100 ml||1 minute||+30 seconds||3+|
|Western||2,5 gr. per cup||3 minutes||+30 seconds||3|