Water Temperature: 150-158 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 rounded tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Number of Infusions: 4
Liu An Gua Pian Tea may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded gaiwan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 2.5 grams of leaf per 6 oz of liquid, before infusing with 150-158 degree water for up to 1-3 minutes. Liu An Gua Pian Tea can be infused at least four times. Increase the time and temperature slightly with each subsequent infusion. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged. Although I've seen many recommendations on brewing temperatures for Liu An Gua Pian Tea, in my experience using the lower 150-158 degree temperature brings out the sweeter, more floral and full-bodied complexities that this tea can offer. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot or t-press. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.