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Liu An Gua Pian

Melon Slice

Green Tea from China
$15.95

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.

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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.

Elevation: 500m

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

Brewing & Storage

Store in an airtight container away from light, heat and moisture. 

Brewing Method Amount Temperature Time Infusions
Western 2-3g / 150mL 80˚C-85˚C 1-2 mins 2
Gong Fu Cha 4-5g / 150mL 80˚C-85˚C First brew: 35s Subsequent: 50-80s 3-4
Cold Brew 9-15g / 500mL Refrigerate Overnight (approximately 8hrs) 1