First Pluck Bi Luo Chun

Green Tea 2020

This is a micro-lot from 2020’s spring tea harvest.


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Tea Origin
Jingtingzhen (Xishan), Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China

Tea Bush
Xi Shan Xiao Ye Quntizhong (Xi Shan Small Leaf Tea Bush)

Tea Master
Lu Geng Liang, Lu Yang

Harvest Time
March 23rd - 24th 2020

Picking Standard
One bud, one leaf

A limited production made exclusively from the first two days of harvest.

This tea comes from the same garden and same tea maker as our classic Bi Luo Chun. What is the difference? We commissioned the tea maker, Mr. Lu Genliang, to make a batch from only the very earliest plucking. Harvested during the first week of growth, First Pluck Bi Luo Chun contains the first buds and leaves of the year. The harvest window for this tea lasted only from March 23rd to 24th, just when the spring growth on Mr. Lu’s local heirloom tea bushes was mature enough to pluck. Our classic Bi Luo Chun comes from the second pluck, the harvest immediately following the first pluck in the 3rd to 7th day of growth.

This small difference of earlier harvest time distinctly highlights this tea’s soft and orchid character. The result is the most pure and delicate expression of the authentic Biluochun that can be found anywhere. These tiniest of already tiny leaves are the most expensive material that will be produced in the garden all year. Less than 10 kilograms of this tea were made this year in total. It’s an extremely small quantity of tea that can only be plucked in those cold and misty days of the early spring. First pluck leaves have historically been the most highly prized for making tribute tea for the imperial court.

We originally imported this tea with the intention of hosting a dedicated event for it at our teahouse in Tucson, Arizona. Of course, we can’t organize a public gathering for this tea right now, so we decided to make the limited stock available online for anyone to purchase while it’s at its most crisp and fresh, so long as the supply lasts.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

First Pluck Bi Luo Chun brewing guidelines

Teaware: 12 oz. glass
Amount: ½ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 185°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 5 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.

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