Thursday, October 20, 2005
Jiangsu Bi Luo Chun: a comparison
The picture shows the great difference between 2 Jiangsu Bi Luo Chun. The one on the left was picked on April 6, 2005, just a few days after the Qing Ming Festival. I don't have an indication on when the one on the right was picked, but the size of the dry leaves indicate a later date, even though it was the most expensive and highest grade Bi Luo Chun that my friend bought in a tea shop near Shanghai. (It's nice to have friends and family traveling to China who remember about my passion!)
But it's not just the size, shape and price that's different (the smaller, the more expensive). The bigger leave Bi Luo Chun is very fragrant, much more than the smaller one, but it's flat in the mouth. On the other hand the small buds Bi Luo Chun display a powerful, yet delicate, yun in the mouth and throat. Amazing to see such different characteristics from the same kind of tea. Conclusion? A nice fragrance will give you a high grade Bi Luo Chun, but it's the yun, the long aftertaste that will make it truly exceptional. Could this be generalized to (all) other tea kinds? Personally, I think so.