Lu An Gua Pian Green Tea Melon Seeds
A green tea with very unusual style and character, and its extraordinary production process unlike any other green tea, Lu An Gua Pian has a reputation as the top ten famous Chinese teas and was a tribute tea for centuries.
The dry leaves resemble the shape of sunflower seeds, thus the name "Gua Pian". Lu An Gua Pian has three distinguishing traits that sets it apart from other green tea. Lu An Gua Pian has a unique picking standard as only single mature leaves are plucked. Therefore, Gua Pian is not prized for an earlier harvest or tender buds and leaves. On the contrary, the best leaves are picked around Guyu season, in middle April when the second and third leaves grow to the preferable size.
For more information about this tea and its production process, please read Victoria's tea sourcing trip blog here.
Origin: Jinzai county, Anhui province, China
Picking standard: Only mature leaves
Harvest Time: April 2018
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 8-10 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.