Bi Lo Chun literally means Green Snail Spring, a name referring to the coiled appearance of the leaves. The tea was originally known as Astounding Fragrance, in reference to its pungent aroma, but during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor this name was deemed too vulgar and it was changed.
Bi Lo Chun originates in Dongting in Jiangsu Privince. This version has been made using similar techniques in Zheng He county in Fujian Province, from the same cultivar used to make Jin Jun Mei.
It has a strong aroma but a sweet, vegetal flavour.
Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea, sencha, mixed with toasted brown rice. The rice gives the tea a unique, mellow, nutty flavour. The sencha in this tea is of much higher grade than in standard Genmaicha. The producer has won the prize for the best sencha in Japan several times in their history.
Japanese Matcha is tea leaves that have been ground to a fine powder. This ceremonial grade of Matcha is from Uji, one of the oldest tea cultivating areas of Japan. This Matcha is made using only the finest tea leaves and buds which have been shade-grown to produce an intense and sweet flavour and turn the Matcha a vibrant green colour. This Matcha has been produced without the use of artificial fertilisers or pesticides.