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2023 Meng Ding Gan Lu Green Tea

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Creamy, vegetal, aromatic, fruity even, genuine 甘露 Gan Lu from 蒙顶 Meng Ding is the crowning  Sichuan green tea of Western China, perhaps the only style to rival the more fashionable greens of the East coast.

Notable is the meticulous process that these early flush sprouts undergo.  Sprouts are carefully monitored and harvested just 5-6 days after initially emerging.  After the tiny sprouts are withered, the production features 著名的三炒三揉制茶工艺 (“the famous three-fired, three-kneaded tea making process”) a method that coaxes out flavor by frying the leaves in a high-temperature wok for short times before rolling/bruising them three separate times as a set, before being dried.  This process accentuates flavors and aromas, as well brings all of the tea oils to the surface, unlocking them ahead of time for an exquisite first brew.  This very early tippy tea contains the most invigorating compounds stored throughout winter; you will definitely feel its energy coursing through you!

 

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Teas like this are often booked in advance by upper class tea enthusiasts ahead of time and typically would never make it to the tea world of the West.  Indeed, we are fortunate to have such a connection in Mr. Zheng, a retired government official of Ya'an whom we connected with during our time in the area in 2019.

A blend of Laochun 老川 and Mengshan #9 的蒙山九号 cultivars harvested on February 18th at 900 meters on the slopes on Meng Ding, this pre-equinox lot easily meets the qualification of a mingqian harvest, as the full flavor and vivid chi of this tea will showcase.

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(2 customer reviews)

2 comments on “2023 Meng Ding Gan Lu Green Tea”

  1. I was introduced to R&L Gan Lu in 2021 and am delighted with the 2023 harvest. The liquor is a lovely spring green with a very satisfying umami flavor. I enjoy brewing it in a gaiwan or clear glass and love to watch the leaves open to reveal 2-4 leaflets and a bud.

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