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Lu An Gua Pian

A wonderfully satisfying Lu’an Melon Seed green tea from Anhui Province in China. Neat leaves produce a bright liquor with a light vegetal aroma. The refreshing herbaceous flavour has creamy notes of spinach and a sweet vegetal finish.

Brewing guide: 2.5g in 250ml water at 80°C for 2-3 mins



Origin:Jinzhai County, Lu'an City, Anhui Province, China
Elevation:Qitou Shan, 600m
Cultivar:Dushan Small Leaf Cultivar
Harvest time:April 2018
Sourcing:Specialist Chinese Wholesaler

Lu An Gua Pian (六安瓜片) originates in Anhui Province of China. The name translates as Lu’An Melon Seed, the city of Lu’An being the origin of this fine green tea. This tea is considered to be one of the best varieties from the Anhui Province, which itself is one of the best tea growing regions of China. It is one of the famous Chinese Green Teas and is featured extensively in Chinese tea history.

The Melon Seed name comes from the fact that the processed tea leaves resemble a melon seed shape when brewed and fully flat and open. In this sense it is also a little unusual among Chinese teas as only the leaf is used in processing (without bud).

This Lu An Gua Pian green tea has large and very neat green leaves with an emerald tint in appearance. It produces a bright light green liquor with a fresh vegetal aroma. The flavour has a refreshing vegetal and creamy profile with light grassy notes of spinach. The finish has sweet herbaceous notes that have a slight tangy mineral hint. Overall this is a green tea with a classic profile yet a very refined flavour.

This tea is best brewed at 80c for 2-3 minutes in multiple infusions, gradually increasing the steeping time.

Another version of this Lu An Gua Pian Melon Seed green tea was first featured in our February 2015 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.

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