Mengding Mt., Sichuan Province, China
1st Harvesting Season
(end of March- April 5th)
- Green tea
- Mengding Mt., Sichuan Province, China
- Tiny, mottled-green, twisted leaves covered with a silvery, fuzzy down
- Early spring tea that has been in production since it became an Imperial favorite during the Tang Dynasty (960-1279)
- The flavor is slightly nutty and refreshing
- Earthy, sweet and highly aromatic
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Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 160°F-170°F
In the high elevation tea gardens on Mengding Mountain in Sichuan Province, sweet and tender early spring tea buds are covered with soft, fluffy down. The most coveted batches of Gan Lu are from the Pre-Qing Ming season, which begins on Mengding Mountain in the middle of March and ends on April 5th.
These tiny buds yield a refreshing tea that possess a slightly-earthy/nutty taste punctuated with beguiling, delicate sweetness and a lovely floral aroma. Despite the small size of the leaves, this tea delivers a satisfying cup. This very appealing quality has earned this tea the name, Gan Lu, or Sweet Dew.
Mengding Mountain Gan Lu is cultivated in the vicinity of the original tea gardens at Gan Lu Si Temple, where Wu LiZhen is reported to have planted the first cultivated tea bushes in China around 53 BC. This tea was enjoyed by Song dynasty Emperor Xiaozong ( r. 1162-1189), who gave Wu LiZhen the title: Master of Sweet Dew.
While many of China's teas have been in production for centuries, Gan Lu is considered to be one of the oldest green teas in continuous production.
The harvest quantity of Gan Lu is small and most of the production is consumed domestically or in East Asia. We are thrilled that again in 2016 we have obtained this excellent Pre-Qing Ming tea for our customers. Many of you have become loyal fans of this tea over the years.
This is a very special tea for lovers of sweet, distinctive, regional and seasonal China green teas. Do not wait too long to order this tea, as it sells out quickly every year!
NOTE: Pre-Qing Ming teas are the first teas plucked each new spring season. Depending on the location and altitude in each tea producing region, leaf plucking can begin as early as the middle week of March and continue until April 5th.
Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each year. This is especially true for the Famous Teas such as Long Ding and Longjing, and the fever for these teas hits in China as well as in the West.
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