The Green Tea Sampler I purchased from Adagio Teas contained six different varieties of green tea. This was truly a step out of the box for me, the person who claimed to not like green tea. Yet over the past few months, I have actually enjoyed several new green teas. However, the difference between the aforementioned green tea experiences and my recent Green Tea Sampler experiences is the lack of flavoring. Meaning the sampler mostly contained green teas without added flavors. This leads me to the green tea I sampled this morning – Pi Lo Chun…
Composition: Green tea from the Fuji-an province of China.
Dry Visual: Pi Lo Chun is very unique looking. The leaves are various shades of green shaped in tiny spirals. According to the Adagio Teas website, “Pi Lo Chun (sometimes written biluochun) translates as ‘green snail spring’ a reference to this tea’s distinctive spiral-shaped leaves.”
Dry Aroma: Very vegetal – one whiff and there are no doubts about whether Pi Lo Chun is a green tea.
Flavor: A true green tea lover would enjoy Pi Lo Chun. Of the green teas I have recently sampled it is not my favorite. The tea is certainly robust with a fairly strong vegetal flavor. I tasted both without as well as with sweetener. Today’s preferred sweetener was honey – the flavorful nature of honey was needed to round out the bitterness of Pi Lo Chun.
Liquor: A rich golden color.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 minutes. After brewing for 3 minutes, I must admit that I was quite impressed by the strength of the tea. Do not over-brew Pi Lo Chun!
Manufacturer: Adagio Teas
I learned an interesting fact about Pi Lo Chun after reading the Adagio Teas website. “It is produced in the short span of time between the Spring Equinox (end of March) and Clear Brightness (early April).” Regardless whether a tea is my favorite or not, I am always fascinated by the times of year the tea is harvested, the parts of the tea plant used to create each tea, even the geographic location from whence the tea originates. Each of these nuances creates such a distinctive difference in the flavor, aroma, and many other features of the tea.
Until my next review… Happy Tea Drinking!