Liu An Gua Pian is made from single leaves that are pan-fired over low heat and shaped into flat oval shapes resembling sunflower seeds. This tea is complex and distinctly sweet but has distinctive thirst-quenching properties. Liu An Gua Pian is rated as one of the top 10 of China’s tea.
The plucking and processing of Liu An Gua Pian is unique and difficult. The pickers must carefully select the second leaf from the top and avoid buds and stems. To finish the tea, the leaves are roasted over an open wood charcoal fire. Roasting time is determined by the tea master and is considered critical in finishing the tea to a high quality.
Origin: Liu An, Anhui province, China
Flavour profile: Fresh | Sweet | Spice
Harvest: Late harvest
Liu An Gua Pian is grown in Liu An county on the Dabie Mountains of the Anhui Province. Tea gardens are found on the high slopes or in mountain valleys with the area surrounded by natural forest. Dabie Mountain provides superb conditions for growing tea plants. The soil is rich, slightly acidic and rainfalls averaging 1,250mm per year.
Liu An Gua Pian has lovely lingering spice and floral flavours balanced by the sweetness of lychee. This tea has a surprising strength and is refreshing on the palate.
Liu An Gua Pian pairs well with lightly salted foods, mixed salads, vegetable dishes and fruit salad. Try this tea with a plate of Chinese greens with soy sauce or with parma ham and melon.
Leaf appearance: Emerald green leaves that are flat and oval resembling melon seeds
Aroma: Strong balanced flower and fruit notes follow a complex aroma of roasted sunflower seeds, tender green beans and spicy aromatics
Liquor colour: Brilliant golden yellow