Mengding Mt., Sichuan Province, China
Sold out! More in Spring 2015
- 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
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 160° - 170° F
In the high elevation tea gardens on Mengding Mountain in Sichuan Province, sweet, 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.
This Gan Lu is comprised of the tiniest buds that we have ever seen! These tiny buds yield a refreshing tea that possesses 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 it is not easy to come by this tea in the West. So we are thrilled to have obtained this excellent 2014 Pre-Qing Ming tea for our customers who 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 quite quickly !
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