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Anhui Province, China
Spring Harvest 2013

Lu An Gua Pian (Melon Seed Tea)

£1.20

Anhui Province, China
Spring Harvest 2013

Lu An Gua Pian (Melon Seed Tea)

£1.20

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Lu An Gua Pian or Melon Seed Tea is another green tea that has the distinguished honour of generally always being included in China's 'Ten Famous Teas' list.

Genuine Lu An Gua Pian originates from Lu'an County in Anhui Province where it has been produced for well over 1,200 years; references to its production can be found in documents and books dating back as far as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).

While most other Chinese green teas incorporate a tender young bud, Lu An Gua Pian is unique in that only the top 2-3 leaves are used in its production. Carefully processed by hand, the top leaves and bud are separated, deveined, and gently pan fired creating it's unique melon seed shape.


  • A full flavoured green tea filled with fresh vegetal and light floral tones with a lingering sweet finish.
  • Our Lu An Gua Pian is a bright and full flavoured green tea. It's filled with crisp vegetal freshness, notes of oriental florals, and sweet round edges that provide a delicate and long lasting aftertaste.

    I am always slightly cautious using the term vegetal when describing a green tea. Frequently I meet people who claim not to like green tea following past experiences which have been either: 'too bitter' or they believe it 'tastes like horrible school dinner vegetables!'

    Truthfully, cheap green teas that have been prepared with freshly boiled water perhaps do have an element of soggy spinach or cooling asparagus water to them. However, even supermarket own green tea bags can be exponentially improved when carefully brewed using cooler water. Equally, even the finest whole leaf green teas can be ruined by using water that's far too hot.

    In this instance, and with all other high quality loose leaf teas, I use the term vegetal simply to describe a crisp freshness. A cleanness of flavour that captures the essence of the landscape where this tea was grown. It should be sweet, refreshing and pleasant. It should be nothing like over steamed school dinner vegetables - which I promise you this one isn't!

    James

  • Longer & Less - for a European style of brewing Lu An Gua Pian I would recommend using: 

    Around 1 flat tbsp (3g) of loose leaf tea per person into a pot of around 80º water. (Allow freshly boiled water to stand for 2 minutes) Infuse for around 2 minutes. For subsequent infusions increase the time by 1 minute each round. 

    Can be infused 2 or 3 times this way. 

    Shorter & More - for a traditional Asian (Gong Fu) style of brewing Lu An Gua Pian I would recommend using: 

    1 heaped tbsp (7g) of loose leaf tea with around 150ml of 80º water. (Allow freshly boiled water to stand for 2 minutes) Infuse for around 45 seconds. For subsequent infusions increase the time by 20-30 seconds each round. 

    Can be infused 4 or 5 times this way.