Liuan Guapian (Melon Slice) green tea is one of
China's top 10 green teas. The dried leaves are a
rich, dark green color, rolled slightly lengthwise,
measuring about 1 inch in length. Infused the
color of the tea liquid is yellow with a green tint to
it. The smell is a green, vegetal smell, fresh and
sweet, with a suggestion of seaweed (which to our
minds means healthy). The taste is similar:
refreshing, vegetal, healthy. The aftertaste is
pleasant, lingering, decided but also subtle.
Liu‘an Guapian has a long history and rich cultural
connotation. It was recorded in the Tea Classics as
early as in Tang Dynasty; in Ming Dynasty, the famous
scientist Xu Guangqi praised highly of the tea in his
work Nongzheng Quanshu (Complete Collection of
Writings on Agriculture) as “the Liu’an Tea Pieces is
the masterwork among all teas”; in early Qing
Dynasty, it was listed among the tributes to the
emperor, while in modern times it was specified as a
special tribute tea for the Central Military
Commission, which was loved by our first premier of
PRC Zhou Enlai until the end of his life; in 1971
during the first visit of the former U.S. Secretary of
State to China, the tea was presented as a national gift
to our foreign friends.
Brewed color: Yellow with green tint.
Flavor: Refreshing, green, vegetal, sweet
almost, with a suggestion of seaweed.
Aftertaste: Subtle, lingering, but
decided. Preparation: For best results,
use spring or mineral water. Bring it to a
boil, then, after taking water off the heat,
wait about 10 or 15 seconds before onto
the side of the pot or gaiwan (avoid
pouring on the leaves directly).