A lovely tea and like many higher quality green teas the right temperature is crucial.
This is so that the flavour can be fully appreciated.
I find that the best temoerature to do this is 70 degrees Centigrade. The first infusion gives a floral taste along with a hint of nuttiness no vegetal taste like other green teas.
The second and third infusions I would brew at 80 degrees C as this brings out greater flavour and what flavours the floral notes are much more vivid and the taste of the floral notes linger.
The steeping times range from 3 minutes to 5 minutes for further infusions.
I would say this is a lovely tea and is deserving of attention to details such as temperature and steeping times to enjoy.
Liuan Gua Pian
Also called Gua Zi Pian, Pian Cha, or “sunflower seed” because of its resemblance to the popular tea house snack.
Originates in Tang Dynasty from Liuan, Jinzai and Huoshan counties, Anhui, China. Over the years, the name has been shortened to Guapian 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.
Liuan Guapian is a rare long leaf green tea with a clean bright green color, mild flavor, clean and high aroma. Second infusion usually tastes the best.