Your Cart is Empty

ATB Blog Carnival: AdagioTeas’ “Roots Campaign.”

August 15, 2011


Adagio Teas’ Roots Campaign, which has been operating for the past two years, was created for the purpose of connecting tea drinkers more directly with information about the producers of the teas they drink. More than a dozen tea growers have been featured so far, providing Adagio’s customers additional insight into the people who comprise the first links in the supply chain.

In addition to the interviews and photos available on Adagio’s site, a new arm of this project, scheduled to launch this month, is an opportunity for consumers to communicate with the farmers by writing them notes on pre-addressed postcards which are available in Adagio’s retail stores.

The tea selected for this group tasting by ATB members – and currently the featured tea in the Roots Campaign – is a Pi Lo Chun which was grown and produced by Huang Jian Lin in Dongting, Jiangsu, China.

Note that Adagio spells the tea name, “Pi Lo Chun,” the farmer spells it “Pi Luo Chun” and the Pinyin Mandarin spelling is “Bi Luo Chun” (碧螺春). The name translates literally as “green snail spring” and this delicate green tea is universally recognized as one of the historical ten famous teas of China.

Huang Jian Lin has been close to the tea industry his entire life and tea farming has been the only job he has ever worked. His farm near Tongting Lake only produces Pi Lo Chun, so his days are very focused on protecting the tea field from overgrowth of weeds and on the short plucking season in the Spring.

The following brewing instructions are from the interview of Huang Jian Lin:

Pi luo chun is very tender. Do not use boiling water with 100 degrees centigrade. Better use the water with 90 degrees centigrade. Second, use glass cup to brew the tea. Do not use teapot with lid. Because pi luo chun needs more air for brewing. While waiting for the tea to be cool down, you can enjoy the beautiful green soup with pleasant aroma from the glass cup.

I used a couple of different methods to brew this tea, determined by previous encounters with Bi Luo Chun and experimenting with what I like. The first was in a glass gaiwan with cooled water and four steeps for about 30 seconds each. This is generally how I brew Chinese green teas, and it always brings out the best from the teas. The other method I used was to cool the water in a tall Chinese tea glass and add the tea when it got down to 160° Farenheit. This method achieves results similar to what you would get using a traditional glass tea thermos, and the tea does not get bitter even with such a long steeping time as long as the water is not too hot.

This type of tea is one that can exhibit very different qualities depending on how it is brewed, so my recommendation is to experiment until you find what works for you.

Here are links to the posts from other contributing ATB members:

Black Dragon Tea Bar
Notes on Tea
The Tea Enthusiasts’s Scrapbook
Tea For Today
Tea Pages
Teaspoons & Petals
That Pour Girl
Walker Tea Review

Possibly Related Posts:

Also in Blog: Cheap, Deals, Reviews, Best, Online, Free

On Tea Evangelism – Part 1

April 24, 2019 0 Comments

I wanted to write a short opinion-oriented post for T Ching for once; to get away from the interviews, research, and topic-summary themes.  I talk a lot about tea; why not cover how that goes? Google + ending had me thinking quite a bit about social media, but I’ve posted … Continue reading

The post On Tea Evangelism – Part 1 appeared first on T Ching.

Read More
2018 WuyiOrigin Smoky Lapsang [Episode 311]

April 23, 2019 0 Comments

This episode, Denny and I drink another fantastic tea from Cindy at WuyiOrigin. This time we drink her smoky Lapsang which is sweet, smoky, with an alluring depth. Thanks Cindy!
Read More
What My Tea Says To Me: Song of Tea

April 23, 2019 0 Comments

Spring danced its dance – cups filled. Wonder.The scent of life floats through the air, as if for the first time. Become.Caged in winter the song of tea opens us up. Consumed. Image provided and copyright held by author Read more articles by this author here!

The post What My Tea Says To Me: Song of Tea appeared first on T Ching.

Read More


Spin to win Spinner icon