Guapian Melon Seed - Great Horse Teas
Guapian Melon Seed
Cultivar: Lu’an Gua Pian
The cultivar grown in Lu'an (or Liu'an), Anhui province, where Liu An Gua Pian is produced, has small and oval leaves, looking a bit like a melon and thus the source of the Melon Seed Tea name.
Region: Lu’an, Anhi Province, China [map]
Lu’an, AnHui Province, China Lu'an[ (Chinese: 六安; pinyin: Lù'ān), is a prefecture-level city in western Anhui province, People's Republic of China, bordering Henan to the northwest and Hubei to the southwest. At the 2010 census, it had a total population of 5,612,590, whom 1,644,344 resided in the built-up area made of 2 urban districts. Neighbouring prefecture-level cities are the provincial capital of Hefei to the east, Anqing to the south, Huanggang (Hubei) and Xinyang (Henan) to the west, and Huainan and Fuyang to the north.
City sits at 380 ft, while the surrounding peaks reach ~1,000 feet, with one eclipsing 2,000.
Description from site:
One of the most famous teas from China, Gua Pian has won numerous awards throughout China and abroad. The tea is grown on the humid mountain tops of LuAn in AnHui Province The leaves for this tea are hand-picked in April and undergo many selection processes to ensure their quality and freshness. The leaves are rolled as they dry to produce a melon-seed like appearance. The infusion is sweet and fruity with a light flavor.
After plucking the central vein is removed before being pan fried to halt oxidation and provide its signature flavor.
Recommend Brewing Style:
• 1.7g (about 1.7 teaspoons) for 200ml
• 74c (165f)
• 1-2 minutes per steep
• For subsequent infusions, increase the steeping time and water temperature.
For larger volume water, increase the amount of tea or the steeping time. For example: 1g per 8oz (1 cup) for 2-4 min or 2g per 8oz for 1-2 min. For subsequent infusions, increase the steeping time and water temperature.
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