Also known as Lu'an Melon Seed tea, this famous green tea comes from Lu An county of Anhui province of China. Our summer 2020 batch comes with floral notes, hint of citrus and a mellow sweetness.
It is called melon seed tea because the shape of tea leaves are supposed to recall seeds of melon. This tea is repeatedly baked during the processing, making it one of the most laborious green teas to manufacture.
DRY TEA: Long elongated lightly rolled leaves with sweet earthy notes. Lu An Gua Pian green tea is made from the single true leaf below the budset, which calls for careful plucking.
WET LEAVES: Leaves turn olive green with a nose of floral, citrus and sweet grass.
CUP: Floral and grassy notes in the aroma. The deep straw colored cup is soft and smooth. Hints of green mangoes, citrus, touch grassy. A lingering sweet finish. Refreshing.
1 tbsp for a 8 oz cup
2-3 mins; 2nd steeping possible.
Anhui Province, China
Harvest: April 2020
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Great tea. love it!
Thanks for the positive feedback Mandy. Stay well!
The tea I purchased is tasty. It was well packed and delivered timely. I will purchase again
Strangely enough, it does have a lot of characteristics of melon to it as far as scent and flavor. It's very sweet and mild, and if you don't like the heavy flavor/mouthfeel of many green teas, this is a good go to. It also mixes very well with other teas- our regular weekend breakfast mix is half lu an gua pian and half gunpowder and it's pretty awesome! Can usually get 2 decent steeps out of it, plus a weak third, but it can take a while to do so properly.