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2016 "Green Snail Spring"

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Green Snail Spring, or Biluochun, has nearly 1000 years of distinguished history.  It was declared a imperial tribute tea by emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty.  

Interestingly, its original name was Xiasha Renxiang, or "scare-you-to-death fragrance", a clear reference to its impressively bold aroma.  The name was perhaps a bit too much for a green tea so exquisite as Green Snail Spring.  Therefore, it was appropriately changed instead to describe its unique appearance and has gained widespread approval among tea masters ever since.

This hand-plucked and meticulously processed batch is particularly light, with a notably clear cup.  A sweet, vegetal bouquet of baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and yellow corn dances on the palate, while its storied aroma captivates.  Those who are lucky enough to get their hands on a cup will long recall its refreshing and soothing effect...

Notes:         baby carrots, sugar snap peas, yellow corn

Infusion:      170ºF / 82ºC for 1-2 minutes

Origin:         Dongting Mountain, Jiangsu Province, China




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Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers