liu An Gua Pian is one of the best Green tea to come from liu An County in An Hui province of China. This is no small feat considering An Hui is renowned for producing a variety of high quality green teas since the Tang Dynasty. It is also a China's Ten Famous tea and was winner of the China Tea Award in 1982 and China Food and Drink Award in 1988 for its superior refreshing taste and quality. Gua Pian is unique because it is processed using only the leaf part (without the bud). The history of liu An Gua Pian dates back to the Tang Dynasty, where records where found in liu Yu's Cha Jing (first ever book on tea) describing it as a "Superior Tea", and it was also a tribute tea in the Ming Dynasty. liu An Gua Pian is said to be able to help improves vision and relief sleep disorder.
liu An Melon Seed
The floral taste and aftertaste of a strong cup of liu An Gua Pian is a reminiscence of Tie Guan Yin tea. The pleasant floral sweetness of this tea gradually fills your mouth. Very refreshing and smooth.
Unlike other premium quality Chinse green teas, liu An Gua Pian is made only using the tea leaves and no buds at all (similar to Japanese green tea). The emerald-green dried tea leaves are long and narrow.
liu An, An Hui Province
What are the health benefits of Liu An Melon Seed?
Drinking Legendary Liu An Melon Seed and other Chinese green teas helps reduce the risk of cancer. The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 24 times better than vitamin E. This helps your body at protecting cells from damage which is proved to be linked to cancer. In addition, it helps prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol. Even after the heart attack it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells.
How to steep Liu An Melon Seed Green Tea?
To bring out the best flavor of the tea, the water for brewing Legendary Liu An Melon Seed should be at 78- 82°C. Apply 3-4 g Liu An Melon Seed tea leaves to an uncovered ceramic teapot, add 1/3 teapot of hot water and brew for two minutes. Legendary Liu An Melon Seed can generally be brewed for up to 3 times, however the second and third brewing will have a weaker taste. For optional taste, refill around 70% full of hot water when one-third of the first brew remains.
Which region of China is Liu An Melon Seed from?
Liu An Melon Seed is a unique type of Chinese green tea produced in Liu An County in Anhui Province in the middle part of China. One of the oldest teas in China, it has been highly praised by tea connoisseurs from Tang Dynasty and was chosen as a special gift for Henry Kissinger during his first secret visit to China in 1971.
Is Liu An Melon Seed really made of Melon Seed?
No, “Melon Seed” refers to the shape of this rare type of tea resulting from the pan-firing process.