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No. 127 - Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Quick Overview

Liu'an Guapian is sourced from a plantation in this teas home province of Liu'an county, and is produced using traditional manual methods. This tea’s unique taste and shape comes from it being the only Chinese green tea that is made without using any buds, new leaves or stems. During processing, mature leaves are separated out and then carefully cut by hand to remove any stems and the central leaf vein. They then undergo a lengthy drying and rolling process, resulting in its unique round shape. When brewed Liu'an Guapian has a great complex sweet taste, and a bright, emerald color to the tea.

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History

According to the owner of the farm where this tea is grown, whose family has been in the area for generations, Liu'an Guapian started life in about 1905, when a local tea master from the Liu'an Tea Shop purchased some larger tea leaves, then innovatively removed the stems and stalks and made a new type of green tea from just the resulting cut down leaves. It was then an immediate success, which inspired all the local tea farmers to produce a tea in a similar fashion. In the following years the current involved rolling and pan drying process evolved, giving rise to Liu'an Guanpian's distinctive plump shape and complex sweet taste.


About Farmer

This Liu An Gua Pianis from Mr. Kong who have been engaged in tea field for more than ten years. He focus on providing high quality teas to tea lovers all over the world and always produces more and more natural, safe and healthy teas including the Green tea we choose: Tai Ping Hou Kui, Huang Shan Mao Feng, Xin Yang Mao Jian and Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing).

Mr. Kong elaborated his feeling about the tea culture: Tea Culture is a general concept which is different for people in different area. Although it is complex but there’s one thing that can be sure, that is the same as manage the enterprise, tea culture also needs management along with its quick development in the modern world.


Process of Liu An Gua Pian

The process of Liu An Gua Pian is unique. It is the only kind of tea made of pure leaf –without any buds and petiole. Only use the leaves picked before the lunar term Grain Rain as material. It is not only unique, but also difficult. Picking the fresh leaf of Liu An Gua Pia takes a lot of efforts. It must have no buds and petiole; the second piece of leaf from the top is the best.

After picked, the leaves must be spread for a period of time, and then be stir-fried. Stir-frying requires high temperature. The workers’ faces turn red because of heat. Thus if they don’t have perseverance and skill, this work cannot be done. The key is to control the fire’s temperature. Workers must adjust the time of frying depends on the changing of temperature. That’s quite hard.

The roasting of Liu An Gua Pian is another unique skill among green teas. There are three steps for producing the beautiful flavor.

Three steps in roasting: first roast, second roast (light roast), third roast. The door and window must be locked tightly. These 3 steps are the key. Especially the third step is the most difficult skill to learn in processing Liu An Gua Pian.


Where is our Liu An Gua Pian green tea produced?

Our Liu'an Guapian is from the home area, Qiyun Mountain in Liu'an Country, Anhui. Farms are on the high slopes of the area, all above 1,500 ft elevation (500m) surrounded by natural forest and high mountain peaks.

Map of Anhui province


Brief Health Info

Being made only from mature leaves, that have had more time to accumulate and form nutrients, plus it being made only from leaves, without any stems, Liu'an Guapian reportedly has the highest nutritional level amongst all green teas.

Also, as with all green teas, the minimal processing steps means that it also retains green tea's renowned high levels of antioxidants, so make it a great tea to help reduce the possibility of forms of cancer and giving it great anti-aging cosmetic benefits.

Additional Information

Ingredients Green Tea
Product of: China
Region(s) Anhui Province - Xiuning County
Antioxidants High
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 3.72 fl oz / 110 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 185 F / 85 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 2 Teaspoons
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Rinse, 30s, 60s, 90s, 120s
Western Method (Water Amount) 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 185 F / 85 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 1/2 Teaspoons
Western Method (Time) 3-5 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No