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Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Brisk nutty aromas, strong and thick taste

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Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Brisk nutty aromas, strong and thick taste

Rating:
88% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Qiyun Mountain(齐云山), Liu'an City, Anhui province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 30, 2018

Dry Leaf: 

Vibrant leaves without any buds or stems

Aroma: 

Refreshing and brisk

Liquor: 

Bright yellowish-green

Taste: 

A distinctive taste – sweet with a rich and thicker taste, mellow and long-lasting sweet aftertaste

Tea Bush:

Liu An small-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Qiyun Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Angel's Comment:

Liu An Gua Pian is of thicker taste than other green teas, thus it is great for people who like green tea with stronger taste.

This tea is an excellent find for those looking for a unique green tea with more character. Like several of our other teas, Liu’an Guapian is decidedly and deservedly in the list of China’s top ten teas. Made only from larger, mature leaves that are rolled during processing, the dry leaves hold a characteristic and distinctively plump shape, which gives rise to its Chinese name of “melon seeds.”

Rather different for a green tea, this Liu’an Guapian has a sweeter taste and a strong aroma, both overlaid with an almost smoky, spicy tang; the taste is approachable with just a hint of that usual grassy greenness, though is far from overbearing.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
185℉ / 85℃ 185℉ / 85℃
1.5 Teaspoons / 2g Tea 3g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 4 steeps: rinse, 30s, 60s, 90s, 120s
Traditional Handmade

The process of production of Liu’an Guapian is unique: it is the only kind of tea made of pure leaves, without any buds or petioles. Only leaves picked before the lunar term called “Grain Rain”, around April 20th-21st, are used as material; not only is this unique, but also difficult. Picking the fresh leaves of Liu’an Guapian takes a lot of effort, and must be only the second piece of leaf from the top.

Liuan Guanpian Tea Picking

After being picked, the leaves must be spread for a period of time and then stir-fried, requiring temperatures high enough to turn the workers’ faces red. This work cannot be done if the workers do not have perseverance and skill: the key is to control the fire’s temperature, and the workers need to adjust the time of frying depending on the changing of the temperature, which is quite difficult.

Stir Fried

The roasting of Liu’an Guapian is something else unique, too.

High Temperature Stir Fried

It takes three steps to produce the characteristic and beautiful flavor: a first roast, a second lighter roast, and then the third roast. The doors and windows of the roasting room must be locked tightly during these stages, all three of which are key with the third being the most important also most difficult.

Liuan Guapian Making

Tea Farmer

Mr. Kong has been involved in the tea industry for more than ten years, and focuses on providing high quality teas to tea lovers, and on producing increasingly natural, safe, and healthy teas. Asked how he feels about tea culture, Mr. Kong says: “Tea culture is a concept which is different for people in different areas. Although it is complex, one thing’s for sure, and that is just like managing an enterprise, tea culture also needs to be managed to keep up with its fast pace of development in the modern world.”

Origin

Our Liu’an Guapian comes from its home region of the Qiyun Mountain in Liu’an County, Anhui. Farms climb up along the high slopes of the mountain, all above 500m and surrounded by natural forests and peaks. The warm weather, abundant rainfall and rich soil texture all make it best environment for growing of tea trees.

Map Of Liuan Anhui

Tea Bush

Liu An Guan Pian is made from tea leaves from Liu’an local small-leaf tea bush species which is grown on Qiyun mountain area where the environment is ecologic to make high quality tea moistening by fog. The leaves contains high protein makes the tea great taste and nutritive value.

Liuan Guanpian Small Leaf Tree

History

According to the owner of the farm growing this tea, Liu’an Guapian found its roots in 1905 when a local tea master from the Liu’an Tea Shop purchased some larger tea leaves, and then innovatively removed the stems and stalks to leave only the cut-down leaves. This tea was an immediate success, and inspired all of the other local farmers to produce tea in a similar fashion. In the following years, the involved rolling and pan-drying tea production process still used today came around, and this gave rise to Liu’an Guapian’s distinctive plump shape and complex taste.

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