About Liu An Gua Pian:
Liu An Gua Pian is considered one of China's top ten famous teas. This tea has a history from Tang dynasty (about 1,300 years). The original producing area for Gua Pian is Qi Tou Shan mountain which located in Jin Zhai county. At present, Liu An county has developed as the biggest producting area, while the best Gua Pian is still from Jin Zhai County,Liu An City, in Anhui Province. This tea is in lamellar shape that resembling the seeds of sunflower, hence named 'melon seeds slice'. The name 'melon seeds slice' is now simplified as 'melon slice'.
The fresh tea leaves picked to produce melon slice are much different from that for other famous teas. After plucking one bud with two or three leaves from the tea plant, the producers separate the full-blown leaves from the tender leaves in time. Following that, both leaf tip and stalk are cut from the full-blown leaves. So each single leaf of melon slice has no bud nor stalk. Carefully groomed leaves are then pan fired at a slow bake over a charcoal fire and frequently turned to impart a delicate hint of smokiness. Li u An melon slice is curled at leaf edge and rich green in color with white frost on the surface. The aroma is fresh, high and long lasting. The taste is mellow, sweet and refreshing
Liu An Gua Pian is one of the thickest and intense green teas we've tasted, producing a smooth and rich liquor with minimal vegetal notes. The aroma of the tea, amazingly, resembles the smell of fresh roasted sunflower seeds. The flavor is rich without astringency, the pleasant floral sweetness of this tea gradually fills your mouth.
Benefits of Liu An Gua Pian:
As with other types of green tea,Liu An Gua Pian tea, with small amount of tea poly-phenol, contains the largest amount of amino acid among all teas, Liu An Gua Pian tea is able to help control high blood pressure, lower the blood sugar level. However, the most significant compound found is catechin and research has shown green tea still retain about 50 to 75% of the good compound even after processing. The Chinese drink Liu An Gua Pian tea during hot weather e.g during spring and summer for its cooling effect to the body.. The tea contains vitamin C, amino acids, and, like most finer Chinese green teas, has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas.
How to BrewLiu An Gua Pian tea Green Tea:
1. Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water.
2. Use about 3.5 - 7 grams of tea leaves (2-3.5 teaspoons) for every 225 ml of water.
3. Steep tea leaves in hot water at 70°c (158°F) to 80°c (176°F) for 1 minute for the first and second brewing.
4. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.
5. Refill when glass is still 1/3 full.
Protect against the tide, peculiar smell, keeps in low temperature and refrigerates it.