This tea reminds me of spring time, not only because of its name but unique smell and flavor. Although I’ve never seen the resemblance to a snail on any of the Pi Lo Chuns I’ve had.

The dry leaves of this tea were really small and curled up. They had a dark green tone with some white hairs covering several leaves and a subtle sweet aroma.

I prepared this tea using a tall clear glass (to witness the small leaves falling to the bottom of the glass), using 175F water, and 1 min steep time.

The resulting brew gave me a pale light green cup with a very sweet “spring” like aroma. The taste was very refreshing and sweet, with a slightly fruity hint. I re-brewed the leaves 3 times with no significant changes to flavor (other than a slight loss of flavor on each subsequent brew).

The wet leaves became light green in color and revealed tiny well preserved leaves. On an interesting note, the wet leaves smelled like boiled veggies.

Overall, I enjoyed this tea a lot, though brew temperature and steep time is a bit strict ( hotter water will make this tea bitter, longer steep time also makes it slightly bitter). Aside from the strict brewing guidelines, I really enjoyed this Pi Lo Chun. Great quality for a cheap price.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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SoCal native and Tea addict.

Looking to try every single type of tea the world has to offer.

I’m not too fond of flavored tea or blends, but every now and then, there will be one that I like.

I enjoy all types of tea, but my absolute favorites are Japanese Greens and Oolongs.

I am much more familiar with Chinese and Japanese teas. I’m looking to get in to Korean tea next and then Indian/Ceylons. Herbals are good too, but I don’t pay much attention to them (except rooibos).

Ti Kuan Yin (or Tie Guan Yi, whichever you prefer) Is one of my favorite teas. I’m trying to taste many offerings from different vendors to find the absolute best batch I can find.

My “Tea-Dream” is to one day make a cultural-tea trip to China, Taiwan, and Japan.

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