Bi Luo Chun Cupping Event – Registration Now Open!!

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Sept 24, 2017

Attention all ITCC members!

I am pleased to announce that registration for the next Cupping Event is now open. This event will focus on and evaluate a very famous and historic green tea, Bi Luo Chun (aka Pi Lo Chun, Green Snail Spring). One of China's top tribute teas of all time, authentic Bi Luo Chun comes from the surrounds of the garden city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. Their unique fluffy spiral shape is the hallmark of these precious buds. The top grades are plucked before Qing Ming (April 4-7). Authentic Bi Luo Chun is produced in a narrow geographic area around Dong Ting Mountain near Lake Tai. Samples for this event include the traditional locations from Dong Shan (East Mtn.) and Xi Shan (West Mtn.).

 

Tea production there dates from before the mid-1300s but the original name was “Astounding” or “Scary” Fragrance. According to legend, the name came from a story where a young tea plucker had run out of space in her basket so she tucked the tender tea buds into her blouse. Her body heat warmed the leaves and she was startled by the overwhelming fragrance. The current name was given by The Qing Emperor KangXi when he visited the area in the turn of the 18th century. It is said that one kilo (2.2 lbs) of Bi Luo Chun contains around 14,000 buds. Flavor is delicate in the higher grades yet full and rich with sometimes floral notes and sometimes fruitier notes like honeydew melon. The aroma can range from mellow hay to bold alfalfa. This Cupping Event will include a selection of 8 different teas from different producers, pluck dates and grades.

 

As always, we will follow professional tea cupping procedures and Cupping Event kits will contain all the equipment needed as well as very detailed information about each sample. We will use the professional cupping set which is included in the kit in addition to gram scale, thermometer, pH test strips, tea taster terminology sheet and the cupping procedures.

 

We would like to begin this event as soon as possible so please register promptly. Details are available on the ITCC website www.teacuppers.com however, if you would like to register, please email your request to ITCC directly. ddrteaman@aol.com. Invoices will be sent out rather than using the shopping cart on the website (some people are reporting problems with the check-out process).

 

Also, please do consider writing a post or two for the Community Board blogs. Tell the other members about your interest in tea. Share with the other members whatever is going on for you in your tea world; from tea tasting, tea industry news, trends, production or other tea experiences. We are a community of tea lovers and let us share our passion and knowledge with each other. Send posts in to ITCC for publication.

 

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

With warm regards,

Dan

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