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Melon Seed

Liu'an Guapian

16 €

This green tea is grown in the Liu’an county of Anhui province. Praised for its unique appearance, legendary past, excellent taste, and health benefits, melon seed tea has been traditionally popular among Chinese royalty and aristocracy.

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Additional Information

English name:

Melon Seed Tea

Type and Grade:

Supreme-quality green tea.

Chinese:

六安瓜片

Pinyin:

Liù' ān guāpiàn

Name origin:

Liuan – is the name of the county in Anhui province where this tea is made, and guapian is Chinese for 'melon seed', which serves to describe the flat and elongated shape of the tea leaves.

Ingredients:

Buds and leaves of Camellia sinensis.

Harvest year:

2016

Origin:

Liu'an county, Anhui province, China

Steeping suggestions:

one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
time: 60-120 seconds
number of infusions: 2-3
discard the first brew

Packaging and storage:

We pack our teas in resealable insulated kraft paper bags. Tea should be stored in a cool and dry place. The expiry date is stamped on the bag.

Shipping:

Worldwide with Express Mail Service (EMS tracking) or China Post

Product Description

Melon Seed Tea – Liu’an Guapian

This green tea is grown in the Liuan county of Anhui province. Praised for its unique appearance, legendary past, excellent taste, and health benefits, melon seed tea has been traditionally popular among Chinese royalty and aristocracy. Melon seed tea has an exceptionally balanced, bitterness-free floral taste with subtle mellow overtones.

Why we like it?

Unlike most top-quality green teas that use tips of the Camellia sinensis bush, melon seed tea is made of leaves plucked second from top. For tea connoisseurs, one of the most appealing aspects of liu’an is perhaps the way in which it is made. The central vein of each leaf is removed shortly after the harvesting process. The tea is then pan-fried and dried in such a way that it’s left with a remarkable dark emerald color.

Just handling Liu’an Guapian is a highly enjoyable experience. It has a texture and fragrance that can blow you away. No wonder that this tea has been so popular among Chinese political elite and aristocracy. For instance, empress dowager Cixi and, more recently, Zhou Enlai have been known to include melon seed tea into their daily diet.

Roman’s personal score: 95/100
Miha’s personal score: 90/100

The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.

General steeping suggestions

Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.

The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.

Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.

Steeping suggestions for liu’an guapian

Start with this, then experiment:

  • one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
  • water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
  • time: 60-120 seconds
  • number of infusions: 3-4
  • discard the first brew

Melon seed tea can be brewed quite successfully in gaiwan, teapot, or even a filter cup. However, we recommend that you use a high glass or any type of glass teaware, so that you can fully enjoy the process of liu’an visual transformation.

Liu An Guapian

Have you tried this tea? Do you have any comments? Please use the space below to share your thoughts and ask us questions.

  • Tobias Koske

    A superb green tea, that is both amazing in taste and in looks. The fruity, sometimes peachy, note of teas like the “Jade Pillars” or “Snow Dragon” is just slightly present. Instead the taste is a fresh umami, not as strong as in “Dragon Well” but just right for this tea.
    Melon Seed should not be missing in any tealovers home.

  • Nathalia Leter

    Impressive tea! The elegantly curled leaves unfold in the tea pot releasing this deep and sweet aroma with round texture. The liquor has a bright jade color and fills smoothly the mouth, leaving a velvety taste. Fresh, delicate, light in astringency, this is definitely an easy-to-love green tea… And one of my favorites!

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