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Little Melon Seed (Lu An Gua Pian)(Spring Harvest)


One of China's "famous teas", recognized as exceptional in quality by emperors in centuries past, Little Melon Seed, "Lu An Guapian", is an exceptional yellow tea.  It is unusual for its leaf coloration as it shows deep green almost blue colors.  The leaves evidence the richness of the varietal and the farm's nurturing soils.  This is a yellow tea with a good deal of cup strength. 

Why we selected this lot.   Little Melon Seed is so named as its opened leaf is shaped like a small melon seed.  One will also note the fine serration along the leaf’s edge.  It is abundantly rich in cup color and its flavor is convincing for anyone who enjoys naturally sweet China varietals.  Cup has body, flavor and rich aromas.  Lot # 8.

Interesting facts about this tea.   It was grown in the Huang Shan Mountains (The Yellow Mountains) of Anhui Province and was harvested in April 2018.   The area is steeply sloped and replete with fresh water springs and bamboo forests. Being a yellow tea means it receives an extra step or "steam" in processing before the leaves are fired. The result is a tea that cups to a clear, light-yellow with hint of green cup color.  

Taste profile. Taste is full bodied.  For tea lovers who like a strong flavor this is a tea to consider. It offers a bit of a "bite" exemplifying the strength of the varietal. Yet it is undeniably sweet and "round" in the mouth, with a finish that makes for an exquisite cup of tea.  A "famous tea" it is well worth the taste experience.  

Steeping suggestions.  Use one teaspoon or 3 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 degrees F.  Steep the leaves for two minutes and taste.  This tea can be strong, so experiment to find where it meets your taste preference.   It will steep multiple times. 


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Supporting adults with disabilities

Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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Lu An Gua Pian - one of China's "famous teas".  High quality and a heavenly taste, it was once reserved for the exclusive enjoyment of the emperors.

Yellow tea varietals offer a round mouth feel.  Naturally sweet & clean.

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  1. Beautiful afternoon tea. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Mar 2015

    Overall, as wonderful tea (as the description states).

    At a low temperature steep, after a wash, the first pot was still a little dry for my taste. The second pot was a sweet mellow tea and well worth the price.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

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