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.