$14.00 – $57.00
Grassy and lightly toasted, buttery texture, sugary undertone
Gua Pian (“Sunflower Seed”) describes the shape of the freshly picked leaves. This is the only green tea in China where only the leaves are picked and used in the processing. The unique flash baking step, referred to as Hong Qing, solidifies all the notes and gives the tea a nice layer of toastiness. The comprehensive profile of umami, grassy, floral, along with the gentle sweetness reminds us of a combination of matcha and gyokuro.
The varietal, Ben Cha (Heirloom), originates in Qi Shan, Lu An, An Hui Province, China. Qi Shan, part of the Da Bie mountain range, is the top terroir for Gua Pian. Lu An, is one of the oldest tea-making regions in China with over 1000 years of tea-making history. Still, Gua Pian has existed for approximately 100 years, making it reasonably young by tea variety standards.
During the later years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), Gua Pian was a Tribute Tea to the royal court, which meant that both the processing technique and its specific terrior was highly documented and defined. Gua Pian is one of China’s Ten Famous Teas, which is an official status in China. This tea is also known as Lu An Guapian Green Tea and Melon Seed Tea.
Health benefits: includes a rich amount of Catechins and Epicatechins which are antioxidants. These compounds belong to a group of plant chemicals called Flavonoids. Polyphenols are present which are packed with antioxidants. The amino acid L-Theanine is present. Caffeine is present in Gua Pian.
Glass or porcelain tea ware (pitcher/gaiwan/teapot) is recommended. Heat the water to 85°C/185°F. First, warm the teacup and pitcher/gaiwan/teapot.
Two Fairness Pitchers (300ml): Use 4g to brew open vessel style. Use two similar pitchers, one for brewing and one for accepting the liquid through a filter. 1st steep 2 minutes. 2nd to 4th steep 30 seconds.
Gaiwan: Use 4g for 100 ml. 1st to 5th steep 3 seconds. 6th to 9th steep 7 seconds.
Teapot (glass or porcelain): Use approximately 4g for 150 ml. Steep 25 seconds. Add 10 seconds each additional steep.