Lu An Gua Pian Green Tea
Some of us here at Lost Empire Herbs really like tea. One of us is considered to be obsessed and a down and dirty tea addict, in fact! That’s okay though because, through him, all of us are drinking more and more teas.
And these aren’t just your run of the mill teas either. Because we appreciate the finer things in life, we also want our tea to stand out.
Much like learning to appreciate fine wines, learning to enjoy great tea can really only be done by drinking great teas. With that in mind, we wish to offer some of the teas we ourselves are currently drinking at our office and daily lives.
Lu An Gua Pian has a reputation as one of the top ten famous Chinese teas and was a tribute tea for centuries.
Tribute tea or Gong Cha was consumed by Chinese emperors. These teas have had a significant influence on the course of Chinese tea history.
Lu An Gua Pian is a bit unique among green teas. This is because the tea leaves are left to mature on the bush longer, allowing a more complex flavor and nutritional profile. The tea leaves are picked around Guyu season, in late April when the second and third leaves grow to the preferable size.
Another distinguishing feature of this type of tea is that the pickers only remove one leaf for processing. No buds are including in this, resulting in a cleaner finish upon drinking.
This tea has a bright and clean green color and a unique flavor profile due to its picking standard, and its firing and roasting process. It provides an intense and crisp floral aroma, a rich complex flavor, and a light vegetal sweetness with no grassiness or bitter aftertaste. A great tea you don’t want to miss!
How to Steep
You can get as exact as you want with this. The recommended method to make a good batch of this tea is to heat water to 185oF. Using 4 grams (2 tbsp) per 8-10 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1-2 minutes. You should be able to get 3-4 steeps.
If you wish to “wing” it like some of us do though, bring water to near boiling. Use approximately a 3-finger pinch of the tea leaves in whatever way you wish to steep the tea. If using fillable tea bags, remove the bag from the water after 1-2 minutes.
We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
Bag contains 60 grams. If 4 grams used a day, this should last you approximately 15 days.
Sourced from Jin Zai county, Anhui province, China.