Lu An Gua Pian is unique as it is made from single leaves, without any buds or stalks, that undergo a distinct firing process that is key in shaping the flat oval leaves that are said to resemble sunflower or melon seeds. This green tea is complex and rich that is distinctly grassy and vegetable with delicate toast notes. It is refreshing and gives a buttery feeling in the mouth.
We love making this very traditional and historical tea available for our customers. In addition to Lu An Gua Pian being rated as one of the top 10 of China’s tea, it also has the pedigree of being a Tribute Tea during the Qing Dynasty (1644－1912. China’s Tribute Tea system forced the tea growers and producers to keep innovating with the ever-changing tastes of the tea connoisseurs in the imperial court. This system helped craft the diverse and exceptional range of teas available in China today.
Origin: Lu An, Anhui province, China
Flavour profile: Buttery | Fresh cut grass | Toast
Processing highlights: The plucking and processing of Lu An Gua Pian is inimitable. The second leaf from the top of the budset is selected thus avoiding buds and stems. The leaves are pan roasted with bamboo brushes during the fixing (kill-green) process. To finish this tea the leaves are roasted over an open carbon fire that is very hot and fierce. This is considered the critical stage in locking in the unique colour, aroma, taste and shape of Lu An Gua Pian.
Cultivar: Luan Gua Pian
Tea Master: Xie Yuda
Lu An Gua Pian is grown in Lu An county on the Da Bie Mountains of the Anhui Province. Tea gardens are found on the high slopes or in mountain valleys with the area surrounded by natural forest.
Da Bie Mountain provides superb conditions for growing tea plants. The soil is rich, slightly acidic and rainfalls averaging 1,250mm per year.
Elevation: Around 300m
Lu An Gua Pian produces a rich liquor that is complex with notes of fresh cut grass, vegetables and toast. This tea is refreshing and leaves a buttery coating on the palate, reminiscent of avocado, and a persistent semi-sweet floral bouquet.
Lu An Gua Pian pairs well with lightly salted foods, seafood, 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: Balanced grassy and floral notes follow a complex aroma of roasted seeds, tender green beans and lightly spiced aromatics.
Liquor colour: Light yellow-green