Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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.

China’s Famous Teas → 2/10
Monday, April 7, 2014
thalassarche:

Longjing green tea (西湖龙井), sometimes known by its direct English translation of dragon well. Produced in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. It is pan-fried soon after it is picked, and often picked by hand. The demand for longjing has led to many imitation teas, but true longjing is grown from specially cultivated trees in Hangzhou, and has a fuller aroma and lingering aftertaste than teas claimed to be longjing that have different origin. Longjing is one of China’s Famous Teas (中国名茶). 

thalassarche:

Longjing green tea (西湖龙井), sometimes known by its direct English translation of dragon well. Produced in HangzhouZhejiang Province, China. It is pan-fried soon after it is picked, and often picked by hand. The demand for longjing has led to many imitation teas, but true longjing is grown from specially cultivated trees in Hangzhou, and has a fuller aroma and lingering aftertaste than teas claimed to be longjing that have different origin. Longjing is one of China’s Famous Teas (中国名茶)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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)

China’s Famous Teas → 1/10
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Cat lady’s tea time. (by Yuri Figuenick)

Cat lady’s tea time. (by Yuri Figuenick)

DSC_1130 (by shen_lan)

DSC_1130 (by shen_lan)

Friday, April 4, 2014
Classical Chinese tea art (by xijian_photo)

Classical Chinese tea art (by xijian_photo)