Meng Ding Mao Feng

Green Tea 2019

Meng Ding Mao Feng’s fried chestnut and wildflower aroma makes it one of our favorite everyday green teas. Handpicked with one bud and two leaves for fullness and complexity, expect pure and crisp early-spring flavors without the high price tag.

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

Tea Bush
Da Bai Hao (Big White Hair), Chu An Cha #9 and #13 (Sichuan Tea Bush #9 and #13)

Tea Master
Luo Ping

Harvest Time

Picking Standard
One bud, two leaves


Twelve-hundred years ago, the tea of Meng Ding Mountain in Sichuan and the Purple Bamboo Shoot (Gu Zhu Zi Sun) of Zhejiang became the earliest teas designated as tribute to the imperial palace. Due to difficulties in transportation at the time, Mt. Meng Ding’s tea was especially hard to come by in the common market. The literarti all went to great lengths to obtain this tea and each year composed numerous poems to describe the quality tea of Mt. Meng Ding.
Among the most famous of them are these lines:
Meng Ding moutain
Meng Ding Mountain

Tea of the Meng Ding Mountain’s top

Water of the Yangtze River’s center.

These lines of poetry suggest that in their time the best tea was considered to be that which was picked on top of Mt. Meng Ding and the best water was that which came from the Yang Zi (or Wade-Giles Romanization:Yangtze) River. It’s evident in this passage that the tea connoisseurs of antiquity were already insisting that good tea should also be paired with good water.

Plucking and Processing

Mt. Meng Ding’s tea is picked earlier than other places. The picking of Meng Ding Sweet Dew (Gan Lu) begins as early as late February while Meng Ding Mao Feng is picked in the middle of March. The picking is done entirely by hand, while the leaf is rolled into shape and dried with machines. The result is an economical early Spring green tea that is popular among frequent tea drinkers as a good quality “every-day” tea. Meng Ding Mao Feng’s aroma is like fried chestnuts paired with wild flowers. It possesses the classic characteristics of teas grown in Sichuan– persistent aroma, rich mouth-feel without bitterness, and a slow infusion.

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 Mao Feng brewing guidelines

Teaware: 16 oz. glass or porcelain pot / Gaiwan
Amount: 1 Tbs (4 grams) of tea leaves
Water: 180°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 1 minute. The leaves are good for 4 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.