Friday, June 5, 2009

Teas Etc’s Bi Lo Chun Reserve Review

Type: Green
Origin: China
Price: Sample (regular price – $16.95 for 3oz.)
Vendor: Teas Etc
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 170°F-180°F, steeped for 1-3 minutes
Overall Score: 3.9 out of 5

Bi Lo Chun Reserve is a carefully picked and processed green tea. The aroma of the leaves is fresh and sweet. They do not have that normal heavy vegetal and grassy smell like most greens. It’s more like dew or “after a rain” type of aroma.

The leaves are in small, twisted pieces that are tightly rolled. The overall color of the dry leaves is dark green with some light green bits scattered about.

The usually grassy/vegetal flavor comes out as the leaves steep. The liquor is a very light yellow color. A fresh and sweet aroma is still present in the tea.

The taste is delicate, light, and mellow. It is also quite sweet and crisp. This tea reminds me more of a white tea than a green because it is so mellow and light. It is not bitter, but it is a little astringent – my mouth was starting to feel rather dry after my second 2oz cup.

I may try increasing the steeping time for this tea and see how it turns out. The flavor was just so delicate (maybe too delicate?) that I really had to search for the flavor.

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