Friday, July 19, 2013

Teavivre Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, rolled needle-like shape
Ingredients: green
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: very pale gold

I was really excited to try this tea from +TeaVivre because I had never tried Liu An Gua Pian before. The dry leaves were fascinating because of their unusual rolled shape. I could not believe how fresh and whole they looked after steeping. The taste was very light and sweet with just a hint of zingy astringency in the finish. There were vegetal and floral notes along with a slight smokiness but those aspects of the flavor profile were very mild. Overall it was a complex yet delicate cup of tea and a very enjoyable experience. This would be a great tea for those who don't like the grassy quality that many green teas have. I always love browsing Teavivre's product pages while I'm sipping because of all of the background information they give. They explain that the unique taste of this tea comes from it being the only Chinese green tea that is made without any buds, new leaves or stems.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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