Currently this tea is seriously underrated so I had to write a review as this is my favorite tea.
This tea does not contain buds like almost any other tea. It is picked one leaf at a time, which makes this tea special in many ways. It’s appearance (very fresh light to dark green) looks fabulous, smell is brilliant and the taste is top notch. The taste is fresh, complex, floral and sweet without any bitterness. It not grassy at all like some teas and it is not blunt either. The taste is very enjoyable and I could drink this anytime of the day.
In my opinion this is superior to Longjing (Dragon Well) tea. This tea is also baked but not as much as Longjing. Additionally Liu An Gua Pian tea leafs are much bigger and round when brewed. For my taste Longjing has some bitterness that I cannot taste in Liu An Gua Pian and also more floral taste which adds to complexity.
Let’s not forgot that this tea is produced very traditionally which makes it rather unique. I like the fact that this is a very honest tea from hard working farmers. I respect their effort to make this special tea.
The only downside might be the price. This is quite expensive tea after all. However if you count the fact that this tea is very pure as it only contains leafs without buds which add weight and has negative effect on the taste, this tea seems well worth the price. It’s always a joy to brew this tea and everyone should try it. I cannot think of any reason why most people would not like this tea. Liu An Gua Pian is the very best of green teas. I plan to order much bigger quantity next time so that I can enjoy this more often.