Harvest Location: Yu'an District, Lu'an, Anhui
Harvest Date: 04/17/2020
Cultivar: Dushan Small Leaf Species
Dry Leaf: green, oval melon seed shaped, leaf only, no buds
Flavor: Refreshing, green, vegetal, slightly sweet, with a suggestion of seaweed
Liquor: Medium yellow
Lu'an Guapian, also called “Melon Seed”, gets its name from the shape of the processed tea leaves. It is a special type of green tea and the only green tea in China that uses no buds in its production. The larger second leaf is selected and the central vein is cut out. These carefully cut leaves arepan-fired over low heat, shaping the leaves into a melon seed shape and creating a tea with bright green colored leaves and then baked over charcoal.
Put 3 grams of tea leaves in a small glass pitcher aka, fairness cup or chahai, and then fill with 6 ounces of 170 F temperature water.
Steep about 2 minutes before straining, allowing some water to stay in the glass with the leaves and brew a second time when ready.