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Gua Pian Tasting Notes

Gua Pian – Ben Cha (Stupid Tea)Gua Pian’s general profile is grassy, toasted, and slightly savory, with a sugary body and mouthfeel (but not actual taste). Due to its unique picking style — Gua Pian uses only full leaves, no buds or stems — generally the second round of picking, rather than the first, includes the leaf from the head bud (since the head bud usually needs more time to develop). Though the first pluck is always the most expensive due to its rarity and market desirability, there is consensus among Gua Pian connoisseurs that the second round of picking, which includes the leaf of the first bud, tastes better. The earlier the picking time, the more tender the taste. ...

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