Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea
...Made only from larger, mature leaves that are rolled up during processing, the dry leaves have a distinctively plump shape to them – giving rise to its Chinese name of “melon seeds”. Very uncharacteristic for a green tea, it has a quite sweet taste and strong aroma, that is also overlaid with an almost smoky, spicy tang.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 4 reviewsThe aroma is quite vegetal and also quite nutty, with note of green beans, spinach, chestnut, sweet sesame seed paste (Halva for those who enjoy Middle Eastern desserts) and a very delicate finish of toast. It manages to be sweet and vegetal without the clashing, in fact sniffing this tea makes me a bit hungry.
The first steep, well on the first steep all I can think is 'oh my that is sweet' I even wrote that in my tasting notebook. There are notes of lychee and honeysuckle at the front, the mid taste is nicely vegetal with notes of asparagus and green bean. The Finish is a blend of apricots and sesame sesame seeds, it is very complex and light. If the rest of the steeps are this tasty I could become addicted to this tea.
I got four delicious steeps out of this tea.
E. Alex Gerster (66 reviews) on Oct. 21st, 2013
I used a small glass gaiwan to brew so I could watch the leaves, and did a series of short steeps. Each was wonderful, revealing successively hints of aroma and flavor that reminded me of a walk down a garden path in the sunshine.
Looking forward to more tea sessions with this in the near future.
Now this was more my type of green tea! While not my favorite, I thought it was much better than the last Teavivre green I had, Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng.
Brewing a light green color, this tea was smooth and subtly flavored. I thought it tasted great both as a hot and cold tea.
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Jun. 3rd, 2013
The dry leaf has a strong and very pleasant aroma, one I'd describe as earthy and herbaceous, and suggestive of sweetness.
This has a richer and bolder flavor than most other green teas, although I also found it to be somewhat muted. It's not crisp, more just like it has very bold undertones. Flavor seems a balance of sour, bitter, umami, and sweet, and almost suggests saltiness too. There's a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but I found it pleasing.
I also found the aroma very complex and very pleasing, and hard to describe. It's almost reminiscent of matcha, but less vegetal, and more deep and dark, for lack of better descriptors. Somewhat floral, but suggestive of rose rather than the light, orchid-like fragrance of some teas. The aromas of this tea remind me of summer more than most fresh green teas, which remind me of spring. The other Lu An melon seed I tried was much grassier than this one.
With the usual teaspoon of leaf, very easily makes two infusions, but the third is bland. Three infusions may work with briefer steepings and/or more leaf but I preferred this tea with a heaping teaspoon of leaf and a 2 minute infusion, followed by 3-4 minutes. It's easy to oversteep...I find there was a narrow window of steeping time and leaf quantity in which this tea was strong enough without being too strong, but when I liked it I really liked it. I found the tea was much less picky about temperature than steeping time.
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