Good morning, dear tea friends! Since we last shared a cup of tea together, I’ve moved again. This is my fourth move in a little over a decade. Moving does seem to be a part of my life’s path, and I’m trying my best to embrace it. Again. That’s a story for another time, however. Today’s story is about a well-known and well-loved tea from China, a green tea called Pi Lo Chun Imperial.
The name Pi Lo Chun translates to “green snail spring”, so named because the leaf is rolled into spiral shapes resembling snail shells. I have read that they roll the leaf this way to retain its freshness.
I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes in 180F water. The water turned murky as the silvery dust released from the tippy leaf.
As I lifted the infuser from my glass teapot, a sweet, vegetal fragrance was released.
The leaves were loosely rolled so steeping released them into their original leaf bud shape.
The golden yellow tea liquor has a fresh buttery mouth feel with notes of sweet melon and flowers and sea-grassy vegetal hints.
As I sip my tea, I gaze out the window at the colorful autumn leaves swaying in the breeze and think about change. The change of seasons. The changes in one’s life. The change from a spiral shaped leaf to a delicious cup of tea.
Thanks for your patience with my sporadic tea posts as I get used to this newest change in my life. Enjoy your tea!