These fragrant little leaves are so fluffy that one may want to make a down pillow out of them for sweet dreams every night. However, they are certainly not the softest tasting green tea. A fine Biluochun like Tea Hong’s does have a smooth body but enough character for optimal stimulation. Yet gentle enough to be one’s company throughout the day, even when you are searching deep inside for that piece of critical article you have to write, as those royals or literati did in old Qing China.
Warm, lively floral aroma with definitive undertone of baked mung bean and a slight tint of nutmeg and fennel seed. Smooth, yet vibrant infusion of a slightly malty sweet body accented with a slight fruity tang. Mildly malty aftertaste.
Begin by using water at 85°C and a ratio of 1 g to 100 ml water for smaller vessels, half that for infusions larger than 750 ml. Try 4 min initially for smaller pots and at least 6 min for larger ones.
Raise the temperature for more sharpness and aroma. Reduce infusion time for even softer body. Increase it for more umami. This tea can be sharper when using higher temperature or higher leaf ratio.
60,000 plucks for 500 grams
It is said that they need sixty thousand plucks to make 500 grams of Biluochun. We have not really counted, but this surely is the tiniest leaf size in our whole collection. What does a small leaf size mean? Other than that the leaves are very young and therefore containing a high density of the potent of all tea polyphenols, it also means a lot more hard work per gram of tea!
The photograph above is a non-retouched, single shot of the infused leaves of four green teas. The leaves are put side by side on top of a light box to void background distraction.
If you like your tea softer and easier, consider Tea Hong’s Organic Paochong. A most flexible oolong in preparation and with a mild and pleasant impression, this is a great choice for busy drinkers or tea newbies. Its undemanding character and pacifying pleasant aftertaste retain a large group of aficionado followers some of which are zen devotees. EU certified organic and good as the best of traditional quality.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu packSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
Slowly cured in the grand tradition in the origin of white teas, Fuding, Tea Hong's White Peony Classic Floral maintains the original character of floral aroma with a sweet, refreshing taste. White Peony Classic Floral is a first flush from a high altitude garden of pure Fuding Daibai cultivar, ensuring the best possible health potency of white tea.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
If a green tea is judged only by how umami it is, a lower grade than Tea Hong’s Anji Baipian* Supreme may already top the chart. The grace of this top quality of one of the most sought after name in green teas is not measured only by its savouriness, but its silky smooth body and elegance in its taste character. Perhaps that is why the small county of Anji is never producing enough to satisfy the demand from the growing affluent class in China. That said, it is good to see a small counter trend against the taste of expensive vulgarity in that vast population.
Back-track 3 centuries to when Qing China was still grand and tea was a respectable drink, zhu cha ( pearl tea ) from Ping Shui — the town of Serene Water — approached the price of gold when auctioned in London. As popularity grew, compromised products took over the market and resulted in those greyish bad taste that is known as “gunpowder” today. Tea Hong revives the original sweet tasting jewel of green teas in the same revered and enjoyable quality in the cups of the gentiles in both East and West in the good old days, but at a far more democratically accessible price.Net weight: 60 g (2.1 oz) in Kraft-alu pillow