Results: A surprising note of bok choy had me drinking back to back cups. Nothing bitter or biting about this green tea, I’ll be adding it to my keep in stock list.
Tea: Liu An Gua Pian
Origin: Qiyun Mountain, Liu’an City, Anhui province, China
Tasting: 3.4 / temp°/ 150ml / Rinse5/10/15/20/60/120 (seconds)
Gong-Go Gear: Gourmia GTP9815 (get yours via my Amazon Affiliate Link)
Average number of infusions: 5
Always found on a list of China’s top 10 teas, I’ve been saving this sample for a day when I could relax and enjoy it. Also known as “melon seed” (gua pian) it’s been around for centuries and was a tribute tea to the Chinese imperial family in times past. The name comes from the shape of the leaves when they have fully bloomed. A good quality tea will have whole unbroken leaves that look like melon seeds.
Produced in Anhui Province, the area is also famous as the home of Keemun and Huang Shan Mao Feng.
Plucked from the second leaf after the bud around the 20th of April, getting that specific leaf only is laborious and adds to its distinct flavor and appearance. This tea also undergoes a number of roastings which is very unusual for a green tea and is brushed with hand brooms that give it its distinct shape.
For us westerners, the best pronunciation I can provide is Lou Ahn GWAH Pin. I always check out sevencups.com for help with pronunciation – their videos are great and the presenter obviously is better qualified than I am with an authentic pronunciation.
Teavivre recommended much longer steep times than I usually go for a green. My first three infusions I went with what I normally do but wasn’t getting any of the spicy notes mentioned in reviews on their page so at the 4th I bumped it up to a full minute and for the fifth went a full two.
I’m a big fan of bok choy and was immediately reminded of one of my favorite leafy greens, but I never got any of the spicy notes reported on Teavivre’s website. I love spicy foods and may have burnt off a few taste buds in the process. The pronounced vegetal notes and lack of bitterness made this one of the best green teas I’ve tried in quite a while!
Fresh & vegetal
A mix of broken and whole leaves
Pale golden yellow
Tantalizing notes of bok choy
smooth & slickery with a dry finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Well rounded bok choy notes w/out any bitterness
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
A distinctly vegetal, soothing and relaxing cup
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
Lost some of its kick even after 2min steep