Also known as Lu'an Melon Seed tea, this famous green tea comes from Lu An county of Anhui province of China. Our summer 2014 batch comes with floral notes, hint of citrus and freshly cut sweet grass.
It is called melon seed tea because the infused leaves are supposed to recall seeds of melon.
DRY TEA: Long elongated lightly rolled leaves with sweet earthy notes. Lu An Gua Pian is made from the single true leaf below the budset, which calls for careful plucking.
INFUSION: Leaves turn olive green with a nose of floral, citrus and sweet grass.
CUP: The aroma recalls ripening rice fields. The deep straw colored cup is soft and smooth. Hints of citrus, grass, hay and smoke. No hints of bitterness. Refreshing.
1 tbsp for a 8 oz cup
2-3 mins; 2nd steeping possible.
Anhui Province, China
Harvest: Summer 2014
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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.