First Look Into It
I just had the first session with this tea. It was something pretty, really comfortable and delightful to watch. I did it in a glass cup. I can´t really compare it with others I've had. I liked the others I've tried before from other brands and places, I like this one. I cannot say I can assess quality comparatively, they look pretty similar to me. I can say that I did like it and that the greenness and overall dance of fuzzies, leaves, liquid densities and colors inside the glass is mesmerizingly beautiful. I did experiment last year home-roasting a two-year-old BiLuoChun I had, I liked it before, I loved it afterwards. I am tempted to do that to this one too, let it sit a few years, roast it in the process, if I can afford a bit more and it is available as well later on. Truly liked the overall profile, would definitely buy it again after this first taste. Maybe I will discover new sides to it as I further brew it and add onto this review.
A wonderful experience with a green tea from someone who isn't into green tea - or so I thought! Delicious, light, but with a nice depth. It brewed up a thick soft soup. I got that intense citrus character and for me it was quite lime, very interesting and unusual. It lent a refreshing aspect that I'm sure would also be incredible iced. Underneath the tangy citrus was much like a field of wildflowers in the afternoon sun, and faintly buttered popcorn. Really lovely tea, thank you to its makers and to the One River team.
Best Green I've Ever Had
This green tea is phenomenal. Despite being "less downy" than the Mingqian BLC, it's still incredibly downy. When I opened the bag, it was a cloud of trichome-y goodness. I used 4g of leaf and brewed it in a glass cup with 80°C water (around 176°F). The first steep, at 2 minutes, left me speechless. There are strong notes of orange/citrus and a pleasant, strong sweetness, similar to a clover honey. True to the description, it is a rich golden colored brew with a pleasant, full bodied feel on the tongue. The subsequent steeps (2nd steep 3mins, 3rd steep 4mins, 4th steep 4mins 30 seconds) yielded similar flavors, with the tasting notes of micro-greens, buttered toast, and alfalfa being surprisingly accurate. I would say that the clover-honey sweetness and the orange/citrusy notes are the most dominant flavors I got from this tea, and it was very enjoyable to drink. Definitely steep this one up using their top-down method described above. It makes for a pleasantly sweet brew that will leave you wanting more. As someone who typically doesn't like green teas, this was phenomenal. It's floral, sweet, fruity and vegetal, each of which is noticeable in the brew. It truly is the best example of a biluochun I've yet had.