tuppence pi lo chun
Originally uploaded by Chorus of Chaos.
This is from Tuppence Tea, a newly ordered sample of Pi Lo Chun.
Brewed 3 minutes with spring water a couple minutes off the boil in a 10 oz tetsubin.
According to a tea catalog, Pi Lo Chun means "green snail spring."
dry, thin, dark and wiry, very small with little scent.
wet,, green, thin stemmy and ctc style looking leaves. Smell, well, the name green snail spring suits it. The wet leaves smelled like bad seaweed with an odd bitter scent as well.
Tea: very pale yellow green, light bodied, no astringency, but a horrible seaweed fishy flavor. Beyond the first couple sips I threw the pot out, it was THAT horrible.
I know I've had Upton Tea's Pi Lo Chun and I seem to remember the tea itself being better looking and CERTAINLY better tasting. Has anyone else here ordered from Tuppence Tea and what was thier opinion of it? I have a few more samples but if this is the line fo quality I'm thinking FORGET IT, it was THAT bad. It was almost like this was the very last pathetic scrapings from the grading levels, and it had been stored badly and was old to boot. Just....awful.
I don't know if I should try any of thier other teas or not, does anyone have anything good to say about this company??