very mild all around, but good. even though the taste is subtle there is depth to it. tastes very clean and pure, and reading a bit on how it is harvested and processed gives me a deeper appreciation for the work that went into it. no bitterness whatsoever.
Liu An Gua Pian (Organic) Green Tea 2010
Originally this 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. Overall, Liu An Gua Pian is a rare long leaf green tea with a clean bright green color, full soft flavor and long finish.
Location: Xi Tou Mountain, Jin Zai Town, Liu An City, Anhui Province
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
Brewing vessel: glass cup, gaiwan, glass or porcelain pot
Brewing Guidelines: 1st infusion ¾ Tbs per 12 oz 180F for 1 1/2 mins
Infusions: at least 3 times