Meng Ding Gan Lu (Sweet Dew) - Great Horse Teas
Meng Ding Gan Lu (Sweet Dew)
Cultivar: High Mountain no. 9
Region: Mengding Mountain, Mingshan, Ya'an Sichuan, China [map]
From China Highlights:
Meng Ding Mountain is the birthplace of the world's tea culture, as well as being home to the earliest tea plantations ever recorded in written Chinese, according to the earliest legend of tea planting by Wu Lizhen (200 BC-53 AD), from Mingshan County, Ya'an, Sichuan. Living at the top of Meng Ding Mountain, the Taoist was the first person to plant tea in the world, and was known as "the ancestor of tea planting".
The altitude, soil and climate of Meng Ding Mountain are very suitable for growing tea, so as far back as over 2,000 years ago, in the Western Han Dynasty, "the ancestor of tea planting", Wu Lizhen, began to plant domesticated wild tea, symbolizing the beginning of a human-plant tea history.
The Tang and Song dynasties were the heyday of Mengshan tea. It was selected as an ancient imperial tribute from Tianbao in the first year of Emperor Tang Xuanzong's reign (724 AD) until the Qing Dynasty, lasting for more than 1,200 years. It had been used to worship heaven and ancestors by "Qingminghui" of the imperial household (皇室 "清明会"). The special royal tea was picked from the seven holy tea trees planted by Wu Lizhen. In the Qing Dynasty, the Five Peaks were zoned as a forbidden area and the seven holy tea trees were fenced by stone balusters as the "Imperial Tea Garden" which has remained until now.
Mengshan tea has long been regarded as a magic bullet for curing diseases among people, so it got the name of "Holy Tea" and Meng Ding Mountain has been hailed as "the Hometown of Holy Tea".
In the long course of development, with its own unique charm and flavor, Mengshan tea not only won the favor of the public, but was also loved by ancient literati. Many beautiful poems about Mengshan tea were written by great poets from the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties to now. The long history has formed the unique Mengshan tea culture.
Elevation: The city of Ya'an sits at 580m, while the peak of Mengding Mountain tops 1456m
Description from site:
Sometimes called “Xian Cha” or tea of the immortal, this famous green tea is legendary in China. It is believed to have been first produced by a Buddhist monk after he reached Nirvana. The leaves are delicate and slender with silver tips. The liquor has a yellowish green color with a sweet refreshing flavor.`
Recommend Brewing Style:
* 1g per 4 oz
* 170f water
* 1-2 minutes
For larger volume water, increase the amount of tea or the steeping time. For example: 1g per 8oz (1 cup) for 2-4 min or 2g per 8oz for 1-2 min. For subsequent infusions, increase the steeping time and water temperature. A glass or porcelain teapot is recommended
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