Liu An Guan Pian (Finest Anhui Guapian)

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Originally Guan Pian tea was called Gua Zi Pian or “sunflower seed” because the leaves were said to resemble sunflower seeds. Over the years, the name has been shortened to Gua Pian causing some to mistakenly refer to this tea as “melon seed.” Grown in Liu An County in the Dabie Mountains of China’s Western Anhui Province, the tea is harvested in early spring, when the tea growers cut off the end of the tea tree branches and use the second tea leaf- not the bud, as in most teas. Its leaves are long, thin and soft, which produce a light and almost spicy aroma. The taste of this tea is very smooth, with a hint of sweetness.

Caffeine: Moderate

Origin: Liu An, Anhui Province, China

Type: Green Tea

Brew: 2 tsp per cup; near boiling water; 75°C, 3 minutes for first brew and then add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion.

Great for morning or afternoon.

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Scent of the dry leaves is lovely. Vegetal and slightly sweet. I’m not getting the ‘spicy’ scent the packaging describes, though.

After steeping, the leaves smell a little odd and more grassy than before steeping. The tea itself is smooth and buttery. I can’t taste the grassiness I smelt in the leaves, which is kind of a relief.

I haven’t tried many greens, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to. Although this is a pleasant tea, I don’t see it becoming a favourite.

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