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A great find for those looking for a more green tea with more character! Like several of our other teas, Liu'an Guapian is deservedly in the list of China's top ten teas. Made only from larger, mature leaves that are rolled up during processing, the dry leaves have a distinctively plump shape to them – giving rise to its Chinese name of “melon seeds”. Very uncharacteristic for a green tea, it has a quite sweet taste and strong aroma, that is also overlaid with an almost smoky, spicy tang.
TeaVivre's Liu'an Guapian is sourced from a plantation in this teas home province of Liu'an county, and is produced using traditional manual methods. This tea’s unique taste and shape comes from it being the only Chinese green tea that is made without using any buds, new leaves or stems. During processing, mature leaves are separated out and then carefully cut by hand to remove any stems and the central leaf vein. They then undergo a lengthy drying and rolling process, resulting in its unique round shape. When brewed Liu'an Guapian has a great complex sweet taste, and a bright, emerald color to the tea.
The process of Liu An Gua Pian is unique. It is the only kind of tea made of pure leaf –without any buds and petiole. Only use the leaves picked before the lunar term Grain Rain as material. It is not only unique, but also difficult. Picking the fresh leaf of Liu An Gua Pia takes a lot of efforts. It must have no buds and petiole; the second piece of leaf from the top is the best.
After picked, the leaves must be spread for a period of time, and then be stir-fried. Stir-frying requires high temperature. The workers’ faces turn red because of heat. Thus if they don’t have perseverance and skill, this work cannot be done. The key is to control the fire’s temperature. Workers must adjust the time of frying depends on the changing of temperature. That’s quite hard.
The roasting of Liu An Gua Pian is another unique skill among green teas. There are three steps for producing the beautiful flavor.
Three steps in roasting: first roast, second roast (light roast), third roast. The door and window must be locked tightly. These 3 steps are the key. Especially the third step is the most difficult skill to learn in processing Liu An Gua Pian.
Being made only from mature leaves, that have had more time to accumulate and form nutrients, plus it being made only from leaves, without any stems, Liu'an Guapian reportedly has the highest nutritional level amongst all green teas.
Also, as with all green teas, the minimal processing steps means that it also retains green tea's renowned high levels of antioxidants, so make it a great tea to help reduce the possibility of forms of cancer and giving it great anti-aging cosmetic benefits.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Our Liu'an Guapian is from the home area, Qiyun Mountain in Liu'an Country, Anhui. Farms are on the high slopes of the area, all above 1,500 ft elevation (500m) surrounded by natural forest and high mountain peaks.
This Liu An Gua Pianis from Mr. Kong who have been engaged in tea field for more than ten years. He focus on providing high quality teas to tea lovers all over the world and always produces more and more natural, safe and healthy teas including the Green tea we choose : Tai Ping Hou Kui, Huang Shan Mao Feng, Xin Yang Mao Jian and Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing).
Mr. Kong elaborated his feeling about the tea culture: Tea Culture is a general concept which is different for people in different area. Although it is complex but there’s one thing that can be sure, that is the same as manage the enterprise, tea culture also needs management along with its quick development in the modern world.
According to the owner of the farm where this tea is grown, whose family has been in the area for generations, Liu'an Guapian started life in about 1905, when a local tea master from the Liu'an Tea Shop purchased some larger tea leaves, then innovatively removed the stems and stalks and made a new type of green tea from just the resulting cut down leaves. It was then an immediate success, which inspired all the local tea farmers to produce a tea in a similar fashion. In the following years the current involved rolling and pan drying process evolved, giving rise to Liu'an Guanpian's distinctive plump shape and complex sweet taste.
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Liu An Gua pian (April 26 2016 edition) The wet leaves have a strong aroma reminiscent of sweetcorn. The first infusion is very light in taste, but the second infusion is bolder, greener, and I found the spicy notes we refer to in the description (which I did not find in the first infusion), but I also found it bitter. I had a 3rd and 4th infusion.
Very great tea. Vegetal notes from first to last stepping. It also has a sweet aftertaste.
I love this tea since I tried Liu An Gua Pian as a sample from TeaVivre. Very nice, balanced aromas of green teas without the strong acidic tones typical to some green sorts. It is great for several steepings.
Another home run! Liu an gua pian refreshes me every time I drink it, which is every day right now. I find it to be simple and effortless to imbibe.
This is a good tea, but based on the description, I expected something special, which I did not found while brewing. Still it is very good choice in this price range. Made Gong Fu stile it can produce plenty very pleasant steepings.
I purchased this tea by chance and immediately I fell in love with its unique taste. For sure I appreciate strong green sweet thick, brisk nutty aromas and Liu An Gua Pian Green tea owns all of them
I went out of my way to find this tea to order. I am thrilled! It is amazing. Unique green tea that is very mild. I will make this a regular order going forward.
This is a rather unusual green tea, both in taste and in appearance. LiuAn GuaPian is made of mature leaves, much darker and greener than most Chinese green teas. Its taste and body are also thicker. People often claim it recalls green Oolong, but I can’t confirm, since I only drink green teas. It is quite different though. I infuse 5g/100ml, 80°C water, for 30”-50”-70”-90”-120”. Liquor is crystal-clear, sparkly green. It is greener than most Chinese teas. Aroma is not very intense, but fresh, a bit difficult to describe. Maybe “grassy”, but not the standard vegetal aroma of several simpler green teas. First infusion is thin, floral and fresh, slightly vegetal and only a little smoky. Second infusion is much thicker. Flavours remain almost unchanged, only stronger, but the aftertaste here is much more noticeable, mellow and long-lasting. Third infusion is still thick, with a bit more astringency than the previous. From here on the flavours start to weaken. Infused leaves are large, thick, bright green, unbroken. Overall, I find this tea very enjoyable, but it lacks a “fruity” note I used to enjoy the most in GuaPian tea. It’s still very good, fresh and flowery.
A good tea, brews up a beautiful jade color and carries a fresh aroma that is somewhat vegetal with light mineral notes to it. The initial taste is mellow and vegetal without any striking qualities. The aftertaste is hard to detect, but is sweet and pleasant. This is a good tea, but nothing special. It is smooth and simple, but a little expensive for something that does not possess any outstanding qualities.
This such a unique green! The leaves are these small moss agate colored rolls. The dry leaf has a deep dry vegetal aroma. I didn't have enough to brew gongfu, so sadly I brewed this up western styled. The good part is that it still was amazing. The liquor is a pale jade, and the steeped leaves carry a vegetable garden aroma. The initial sip is sharp with a floral spice, but it soothes down to a spinach and honey flavor. I really liked this brew, and I cant wait to try brewing it gongfu.
Reply: Dear Cassie, Thank you very much for writing to us. It is tablespoons. For teas are loose and are very big in size. So we say tablesspoon, but just 8 g teas. Hope this is helpful for your concern.
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