Golden Bi Luo, Black Tea, High Grade
- This tea is of David Lee Hoffman's -- The Phoenix Collection.
- Golden Bi Luo is a high-grade black tea made in Yunnan Province. The name means “snail spring” — spring because this tea is harvested in the spring; snail because the two leaves and down-covered tips are carefully rolled into tight spirals that slowly unfurl to release maximum flavor during steeping. The spirals are formed using three different hand movements in a heated wok. This tea produces a golden, creamy-tasting liquor with sweet notes of vanilla.
Golden Bi Luo is a great re-introduction to wonderful, loose black tea. Whether you are looking for an alternative to coffee, or are just getting started with loose leaf and are ready to ditch your tea bags, Golden Bi Luo is a wonderful choice for an everyday tea.
Using a 4 ounce Gaiwan, I recommend 3 grams of tea, at 205 temperature. First a quick wash of the tea leaves, then brew for 1 minute. On the second infusion, also steep for 1 minute, adding approximately 10 seconds to subsequent infusions. Brewed this way, the tea would yield more than 8 rounds.
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