2010 Spring Handmade Premium Liu An Gua Pian

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Liu An Gua Pian is listed as one of the top 10 tea in China. Unlike Long Jing(Pan-fired green tea), Liu An Gua Pian is a baked green tea.

Why it is called Liu An Gua Pian? Liu An is a name of city where it produces this green tea. Gua Pian, many foreign tea companies literally wrong interpreted it as melon piece. Actually, it is named because of its shape like sunflower seed in ancient China. The best Liu An Gua Pian is from the Qiyun mountain, Jinzai county(belongs to the governance of Liuan city).

Unlike many other green tea with various tea buds, Liu An Gua Pian is a tea without any buds or stem. The picking standard is one bud with two leaves. The tea farmers need to separate the leaves with the bud and only use the leaves only to make Liu An Gua Pian.

The whole making process of Liu An Gua Pian is the most complicated one among many green teas, which can not be done by machines so far in each step. Process includes Sheng Guo(生锅,killing the enzyme in wok), Shu Guo(熟锅,making the shape in another wok), Mao Huo(毛火,bake the tea to dry it above the charcoal), Xiao Huo(小火,bake the tea again above the charcoal with slow fire), Lao Huo(老火, the most important step, it requres two people to carry the basket containing tea up and down and high temperature charcoal at least 60 times and trim the tea shape and improve its super freshness and aroma).

Our Liu An Gua Pian is from Qiyun mountain, Jinzai county. Super clean freshness, special floral aroma, sweet, no bitterness at all, long after sweetness. One cup of Liu An Gua Pian in the morning or afternoon is truely a good choice to refresh yourself and enjoy the beauty of nature leaves.

Tea tree: Local Liu An tea bush

Harvest time: 2010 spring

Picking standard: One bud with two leaves; Separating the buds with the leaves by farmers

Shape: Tight, stick shape

Dried tea color: bloom dark green color

Aroma: clean and special floral aroma, with light pleasing grassy aroma too.

Taste: super fresh, long-lasting sweetness and high floral aroma

Brewing vessel: Recommended glass cup or tea pot

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Well, now I know where JAS eTea sources their green teas. I bought this exact tea from their online store. It was bit more expensive, but I didn’t have to deal with shipping from China, which I appreciate.

I’ve been shying away from the classic Chinese greens, mostly because they require relatively urgent drinking (compared to pu’er) and I have been focusing on more robust teas lately, especially as autumn has come. However, I wanted to throw something into the mix of my weekly drinking and this fit the bill.

I almost always take my greens with a much shorter steep than recommended, since I think they have such wonderful, light, airy fleeting qualities that can get overrun in two to four minute steeps. This is no exception. Light chestnut sweetness, creamy wheatgrass, and tangy flower blossoms. A delightful green, vegetal, and chlorphyll-laden soup, that reminds me of my early days of exploring Chinese tea.

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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.

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