Premium Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea Melon Seeds Hand Roasting
Liu An Gua Pian has a reputation as a top ten famous Chinese tea and was a tribute tea for centuries. It is named after the tea-producing region of Liu An, Anhui province, China. The dry leaves resembles the shape of sunflower seeds, thus the name "Gua Pian". While other green teas consist of buds and young leaves, only single leaves are plucked, no buds.
Sourced on Victoria's 2019 tea trip to the core producing region, this tea has an extraordinary production process unlike any other green tea. It has a bright and clean green color and a unique flavor profile due to its unique harvesting standard, firing and roasting process. What is more, Gua Pian has a very sophisticated firing process called "La Lao Huo" in Chinese, meaning hard roasting. It takes intensive labor to roast this tea in a large bamboo basket over the open charcoal fire. This process produces more complex flavor and gives the tea a much longer shelf life than normal green teas. This tea features an intense floral aroma, a rich complex flavor, a creamy texture, and a light vegetal sweet aftertaste with no astringency. It can sustain multiple steepings.
Although machine roasting is becoming more commonplace in order to make this tea more accessible to the masses, it cannot compare to the results of traditional hand roasting that our teas were sourced.
For more info about this tea and its production process, please read Victoria's tea sourcing trip blog here.
Origin: Jinzai county, Anhui province, China
Harvest Time: April 2019
Elevation: 800 meters
Caffeine level: Light
This tea has a bright and clean green color and a unique flavor profile due to its unique harvesting standard, firing and roasting process. It provides high floral aroma, a rich complex flavor, and a light vegetal sweetness with no grassiness or bitterness aftertaste.
185oF, 4 grams (2 tbsp) for 8 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1 minutes, 3-4 steeps. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.