Liu An Gua Pian
Organic Green Tea 2016
A connoisseur’s green tea. Brews unusually strong, thick, smooth, and with plenty of depth.
- Tea Origin
- Xi Tou Mountain, Jin Zai Town, Liu An City, Anhui Province, China
- Tea Bush
- Anhui San Hao Xiao Ye Zhong (Anhui #3 Small Leaves Bush)
- Tea Master
- Wang Fang Sheng
- Harvest Time
- end of April
- Picking Standard
- fresh opened tender leaf
Originally this organic green tea was called Gua Zi Pian or “sunflower seed” because of its resemblance to the popular tea house snack. Over the years, the name has been shortened to Gua Pian causing some to mistakenly call this tea “melon seed.” By either name, this is a special tea for its harvesting and processing techniques. The long leaves are thin and soft creating a rich flavor without bitterness. Liu An Gua Pian is a rare long leaf green tea, it has a bright green tea color and is considered a very clean tea since there are no buds to leave any fuzz when you brew it. It is complex and full, with a wonderful soft flavor and long finish.
The processing techniques of this organic green tea is very unique. The tea leaves are left on the bush for longer than most high-end green teas, to saturate the leaves with more nutrition and complex taste. Tea pickers will only pick ONE leaf, no bud, with a small amount of sprig. One by one, proccessers will remove the stem by hand. Two people are needed to make this tea. Instead of charcoal or wok, they use a very hot fire to make this tea. Tea masters have special small brooms made out of local weeds to brush the leaves in to the unique rolled shape. They use very large bamboo drums with a handle on either side. Two masters will stand on either side and place the tea over the fire for less than one second, then remove it. They will repeat this process over sixty times, making this a very unusual and time consuming tea to make. Note: more pictures and speculations on the rationale behind this processed can be found in this blog post.
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Liu An Gua Pian brewing guidelines
Teaware: 12 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: 1 Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 180°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 1 ½ minutes. The leaves are good for 4 infusions.