Meng Ding Gan Lu (Sweet Dew)

Green Tea 2020

A young early spring green tea that has an initially strong but mellowing and long lasting flavor, with mineral notes and a roasted corn aroma. Made with a full-flavored local tea cultivar from southwest Sichuan Province in the region where tea was first cultivated over 2000 years ago.

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Tea Origin
Meng Ding Mountain, Ya An County, Sichuan Province, China

Tea Bush
Da Bai Hao (Big White Hair), Ming Shan #131

Tea Master
Luo Ping

Harvest Time
Late February

Picking Standard
One bud, one leaf

The harvest season for Meng Ding tea begins in March or even as early as late February. The buds are picked very early in the morning while it is still very chilly and there is still dew on the grass. This certified organic tea uses mostly tender tea buds, which are then carefully curled during processing. While the tea buds are very tiny, the unique character of the tea bush creates a bright green tea color, fresh rich flavor and highly nutritious tea, even while using a small quantity of leaves. Enjoy the sweet chestnut aroma and lingering sweet aftertaste of Sweet Dew.

History of Meng Ding tea

The front façade of Sweet Dew Temple "Guan Lu Si"
Sweet Dew is named after this Sweet Dew Temple “Gan Lu Si”

The Meng Ding Mountains in southwestern China are famous not only as the hometown of panda bears but also as where tea was first cultivated at Gan Lu Si (Sweet Dew Temple). This tea was cultivated at this Taoist temple over two thousand years ago, hence the name Gan Lu (Sweet Dew). It has been a tribute tea since the Tang Dynasty.

Statue of Wu Li Zhen.
Sculpture of Wu Li Zhen in Sichuan Province. He is the first human being to plant tea here 2200 years ago.

About 1,200 years ago, Monks would report to the local government, to alert the officers it was time to make tea. Five days before the processing would begin, the government officer would live in the temple for five days, eating vegetarian and bathing thoroughly to cleanse his body before touching the treasure from the gods. On the morning of picking, they would set off fire crackers in the field to “wake up” the tea. Now, there are about 20,000 workers who are involved in processing this tea each year.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

Meng Ding Gan Lu (Sweet Dew) brewing guidelines

Teaware: 16 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: 1 Tbs (4 grams) of tea leaves
Water: 185°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 5 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.