Spring Snail or Biluochun
Originating in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Green Snail Spring Tea, or Bi Luo Chun is grown on Dongting Mountain in Wu County outside of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. It is often Biluochun, Pi Luo Chun or Piluochun. Its name’s literal translation means Green Snail Spring Tea. “Green” because it is a Green Tea, “Snail” because the finished tea is curled like a snail shell, and “Spring” because that is when it is harvested.The tea is known for its strong fragrance and so was originally called “Scary Fragrance Tea”. The tea is known for its delicate appearance, fruity taste, and lingering floral aroma. The leaves used are very small so that one Kilogram of finished tea leaves requires over 14,000 tea buds.
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Dragon Well or Long Jing
Most famous of all Chinese Greens, Dragonwell hails from the West Lake region of Hangzhou. The leaves are pressed into a broad and flat shape during its signature pan-firing. For years, it was reserved as a tribute to Emperors and is praised for its ‘four uniques’: jade color, vegetative aroma, mellow chestnut flavor and singular shape. (Teaclass.com)
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