How do you make Biluochun tea? What does it taste like?

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detailed biluochun tea leaves

Biluochun tea, a traditional Chinese brew, stands among China’s top 10 renowned teas. 

It belongs to the genre of pan-fired green tea and boasts a history that spans over a thousand years.

Its fame rests on 4 remarkable traits: a pleasing shape, vibrant colors, a robust aroma, and a rich flavor.

dongting biluochun tea

Originating from the East and West Dongting mountains around Taihu Lake in Wu County, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, it’s often called “Dongting Biluochun“.

As an unfermented green tea, the brewing method significantly influences its final flavor. Let’s delve into an optimal brewing approach based on my experience.

Dongting mountain

How do you brew Biluochun tea?

The preferred method for brewing Biluochun tea is the ‘up-throw’ technique. This involves pouring water into the glass before adding the tea leaves.

Key Points

  • Teaware: A transparent glass cup is recommended for brewing Biluochun tea. Given the tea’s small and dense nature, using a glass cup provides a clear view of the brewing process. Observing the tea leaves descend from the water’s surface to the cup’s bottom is fascinating.
  • Brewing Water Temperature: Unfermented tea brewing usually necessitates preheating the tea utensils. Hence, we have two distinct water temperatures:
    • Utensil heating: 100℃
    • Biluochun brewing: 70-80℃
a person pouring hot water into teaware

You might wonder why Biluochun’s brewing temperature is lower than other green teas. The reason is its delicate nature; fresh buds make up each Biluochun leaf, which can’t withstand high temperatures.

  • Tea Quantity: For optimal flavor, maintain a 1:50 ratio, meaning 2-3g of tea leaves for 100-150ml of water.
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Please do not cover the cup during brewing, as it can greatly impact the final flavor.

Additionally, leave about 1/3 of the tea broth in the cup before adding subsequent water, which can extend the tea’s flavorful potency.

Steps to Brew Biluochun Tea

  • Rinse a clear glass with boiling water (100℃) for about 10-20s.
  • Dispose of the hot water and pour in 200ml of 75℃ water.
  • Add 3-4g of Biluochun tea and watch the leaves gracefully fall from the water’s surface to the cup’s bottom.
  • Let it steep for 100-120 seconds, then savor your Biluochun tea.
Steps to Steep Green Tea

After mastering the brewing technique, you might be curious about Biluochun’s flavor, especially if you’ve never tasted it before.

What does Biluochun tea taste like?

The flavor of green tea is generally assessed on 4 dimensions: aroma, color, taste, and sweetness.

Aroma

A well-brewed Dongting Biluochun tea emanates a floral and fruity fragrance and a fundamental green tea aroma. The scent is pure, long-lasting, and remarkably refreshing.

biluochun tea hair

Because the tea plantations are interspersed with fruit trees whose blossoming coincides with the Biluochun harvest, a unique feature of this tea.

Color

Unlike the clear, yellowish-green of Longjing tea, Biluochun tea’s color is somewhat murky due to the abundance of tea hairs on the tender buds used for brewing, which give the tea a cloudy, yellowish-green appearance.

a cup of green snail spring tea and tea leaves

On the other hand, if the brewed Bi Luo Chun tea you purchased is clear and transparent, there is likely an issue with the tea quality.

Taste

The fruity aroma of Biluochun tea translates into a taste akin to green fruit just shy of ripeness. 

This bright and elegant flavor is a refreshing contrast to the cinnamon or lychee flavors often found in black tea.

biluochun tea's taste like green apples

Aftertaste

The Piluochun tea experience is not complete without the lasting sweet aftertaste, which subtly lingers in the mouth post-tea consumption.

This light sweetness is not sugary but is unmistakably present in high-quality Biluochun tea.

Conclusion

Biluochun tea, with its unique flavor and comparatively uncomplicated brewing process, is a delight for anyone who appreciates the rich tapestry of sensations offered by different teas.

I encourage you to share your stories or knowledge about tea and welcome your kind messages.

4 Responses

  1. Hey Chris,
    Is it okay to buy Biluochun online? Let’s say Amazon..
    And how do I examine the quality of the tea?
    I enjoy Chinese tea but haven’t tried Biluochun before.

    1. Thank you for your friendly question! From the questions you asked, I understand that you may be concerned about whether the Biluochun tea you purchased online is authentic? If that’s the case, I can only offer a compromise to help you out for the time being, because in China we usually don’t use Amazon to shop. But you can try to use Chinese e-commerce platforms, such as taobao.com to buy. I have stores that I have purchased before and had good experiences with, and if you don’t mind, I would like to send it to you by email later (ps. for now. I don’t want to advertise in my blog, so I hope you can understand me).

    1. Hey, Marcus.
      I can’t help you with that at the moment.
      But I’ll be sampling a variety of teas from Amazon and other reputable suppliers. And I’m working on getting import/export certificates and other necessary documentation. It will give me greater control over both the cost and quality of our teas.
      In the meantime, I’d like you to join our email list. By subscribing, you’ll be the first to know when these new and exciting options become available.
      Thank you very much for your interest and support!
      Chirs

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