InformationLiu An Gua Pian has an interesting story. In China's ancient past, a small village was constantly ravaged by a giant monster that lived in a cave in a mountain near the village. The monster, when hungry, would race down the mountain and attack the village. It would lay waste to the village and devour the local people and their livestock to feed its voracious appetite. The villagers would rebuild and about a month later the monster would return. The Bodhisattva Guanyin took pity on the poor people and planted Liu An Gua Pian trees in front of the village. The next time the monster came to devour the locals; he was stopped by the wonderful smell emanating from the trees and was pacified. From that day on, the monster no longer bothered the village.
Liu An Gua Pian Tea, a Green Tea, is one of the 10 most famous Chinese Teas . Unlike other premium quality Chinse green teas, Lu An Gua Pian is made only using the tea leaves and no buds at all. The Tea is grown in the Liu An County in the Qi Tou Mountains of China's Western Anhui Province. The taste of the tea is very smooth and has a hint of sweetness to it. The tea got its name from the shape of the processed tea leaves. They are flat and oval, It looks like melon seed. In early spring the tea growers cut off the end of the tea tree branches and use the second tea leaf and not the bud, as in most teas. Each leaf's central vein is cut out and the leaves are processed by pan-frying just 100g at a time. During the frying stage, the leaves are shaped into the melon seed shape. The emerald-green dried tea leaves are long and narrow. It likes melon seeds. These high quality green teas won the Chinese tea award in 1982 and China Food and Drink Award in 1988 for its superior refreshing taste and quality.
Hot tea brewing method:Preheat the cup with hot water, Use 2 grams of leaf for 6 OZ of water. Please use spring water at 158-178F to brew and infuse for 2 or 3 minutes to serve .It may be re-infused for more than 3 times by gradually increasing steeping time and water temperature. Do not add milk and sugar.