I took one look at tea buds and leaves, and I couldn’t but notice how soft they are and all the little hairs. Pi Lo Chun Imperial from Tea Source feels quite delicate and this creates a sense of anticipation. This is definitely a first flush tea. Pi Lo Chun is one of the most famous green teas in china, and this particular sample is the highest grade.
Brewing Pi Lo Chun Imperial
I brewed 6 grams in a 150 ml gaiwan. I don’t do tea rinses of green teas anymore because it doesn’t seem necessary. A tea rinse is especially not necessary for a green tea that is this delicate. I just slightly lengthen the time of first infusion. This means that the first infusion can be anywhere from 20-25 seconds.
The tea is described as being like springtime in a mountain meadow. I think this is accurate, but I find it difficult to describe its unique flavor. Unlike many other green teas, its not really very vegetal. Its slightly grassy, and it really isn’t in your face like a long jin. The first two infusions does have something I would describe as being slightly floral. In the subsequent infusions, that floral taste is more mellow. There is also a sweetness as one begins to taste the minerality of the tea.
This sample of Pi Lo Chun really fits in well during the spring time. It has a youthful vigor that matches this season. I ordered a pound of this particular tea from Tea Source, and after the two weeks, I wondered if I had ordered to much. But as time went on, I just found this tea to be quite satisfying to drink while at work. I normally have this tea with breakfast at the office before beginning the day, and continue to make infusions throughout the day. I found that I grew more fond of this tea as time went on, as I become more familiar with it and found better ways to brew it.
I think if someone is interested in a green tea, but is generally put off from a vegetal taste, this tea would be a good candidate. Some people also have difficulty drinking green tea because it doesn’t sit well with their stomach. I think this tea is quite gentle and might be a good candidate for those with slightly sensitive stomachs. As I mentioned, this tea is quite satisfying to drink in terms of both taste, aroma, and smoothness