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November 20, 2012

Pi Lo Chun Chinese Green Tea(sometimes spelled Bi Lo Chun)  is an interesting  tea originally from Jiangsu province although it is also produced in places such as Yunnan.

Lake Taihu in Jiangsu ProvincePi Lo Chun was originally known as Xia Sha Ren Xiang (Astounding Fragrance). Legend has it that some pickers of a very good crop of this tea with full baskets wanted to carry more so stuffed more leaves into their tunics. Warmed by body heat, the leaves started to give off a rich aroma. This lead to comments such as "I was astounded" and the name stuck. In the late seventeenth century Emperor Kang Xi visited the place where this tea is grown and really liked it. Finding the name too vulgar he suggested the new name Pi Lo Chun (Green Snail Spring). When the leaves are processed, they are tightly rolled into spiral shapes which look like tiny green snails. Pi Lo Chun is one of China's most famous green teas and comes from two mountains known as East and West Dongting. The mountains are located in Lake Taihu,  one as an island and the other a peninsula. The evaporating water from the lake keeps the area overhung with clouds and mist keeping the leaves of the tea bushes moist.

Pi Lo Chun Chinese Green Tea Tasting Notes

Pi Lo Chun Chinese Green Tea is known for its fruitiness and floral aroma.   When brewed it gives a light green yellow infusion.  The leaves when wet have a slight peppery aroma with hints of sweetness.

Tasting Ppi Lo Chun Green Tea