Mengding Ganlu 蒙顶甘露

MengDing GanLu--- Tea Plantation Wholesale

Mengshan plantation, YaAn City,  SiChuan Province, China.

Mengding ganglu (Honey Dew)

 Mengding ganglu is a type of green tea native to Sichuan Province. It hails from Meng Mountain, thus the name Mengding, which means “peak of Meng Mountain” in Chinese. Meng Mountain has a long history of tea plantation dating back to the Han Dynasty around 2000 years ago. In fact, Mengding ganlu is one of the oldest tea varieties in China. It has very compact and curly leaves with a layer of white fur on the surface. The tea leaves have a pale green color. Once brewed, the color of the liquid is a light green with a tinge of yellow. The smell is mild and refreshing, the taste pure and smooth.

Mengding Ganlu – Top 10 Chinese Tea

The tea is made of single tea buds collected before the Tomb-sweeping Day. The mature tea leaves are wiry, hairy and fat, and bloom in tender green. Its intrinsic aroma is thick and lasting. Tea water is clear in tender yellow and green, and tastes mellow and refreshing. Mengding Ganlu is not only graceful in shape, but also excellent in internal quality. It is the typical representative integrating color, aroma, taste and shape in traditional famous teas of Mengshan.

The curly green tea leaves are partially covered with white/silver pekoe. The infusion yields cups of light yellow color tea.
sweet chestnut aroma and lingering sweet aftertaste.

Brewing Guide:
1. Using glass-based or porcelain tea ware.
2. Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water.
3. Use about 2 grams of tea leaves (1-2 teaspoons) for every 150ml of water.
4. Steep tea leaves in hot water at 70°c (158°F) to 80°c (176°F) for 1 minute for the first and second brewing.
5. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.

1,000-Year Tribute History

MengDing tea is a famous mountain tea in China, belong to tender green tea. The rain season here is as long as nine months each year, the temperature is relatively cool on the slope of the mountain. This environment is ideal for the mountain tea. As early as in the western Han Dynasty (202 BC - 24 AD),  a farmer called Wu LiZhen discovered a special tea species amid the foggy peaks on the Mount. MengDing. His is believed to be the founder of the MengDing tea gardens. in Tang Dynasty the best  tea gardens were assigned to be the royal garden.  Every year around the QingMing Festival (April 5), the local governor would be dress in ceremonial attires, offering sacrifices to gods, and asked the Buddhist priests to worship the tea trees, then picked up 365 pieces of tea leaves. When processing the leave, the Buddhist monks would be praying around. These 365 pieces leaves will be called the "holy tea" and reserved in two silver bottles. It would be used in the Emperor's sacrificial ceremony to their ancestors. The local officers would also pick some other leaves, process them to the tea product, then reserve the tea in another 18 tin bottles, which was called the "ordinary tea" or "secondary tea" for the royal family's daily life. This traditional had been kept from the Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) for more than a thousand years.

Mount Mengding --- The Sacred Mountain of Tea Culture

China is the hometown of the world tea culture, and Mount Mengding is birth place of Chinese tea culture.
The history of tea-drinking in China dates back to more than three thousands years ago. At that time, tea from Ba-Shu (Sichuan and Chongqing) was made to monarchs of Western Zhou as tributes; however, the tea was wild then.
At the end of the Western Han Dynasty (53 BC), Wu Lizhen built a cottage in Mount Meng, and planted the first tea tree there, starting the artificial planting of tea trees in China.
Tea drinking originates from Shu (ancient name of Sichuan), and tea cultivation originates from Mount Mengshan, where is the cradle of world tea culture.
Mengding Tea has long been known as a “Sacred Tea”. It was famous for its high quality and taken as a tribute tea for royal families. It was called as the “best tea in the world” even in the early years of history. Li Yang, a poet of Tang Dynasty once eulogize by writing, “give the devil its due, it is the best tea in the world.”
Mengding tea has become one of the teas favored by Chinese leaders and regarded as a national tea. It has also been a top gift given to international friends. Hong Kong based Ta Kung Pao reported Mengding Tea for its unusual glory with the title of “Former Emperors’ Tea Enters Ordinary Families”.

Located in Mingshan county (名山县) under the jurisdiction of Ya’an (雅安) city, Mount Mengding is made of five peaks, the highest culminating at 1456 meters. Lots of rainfalls and mist make it an ideal ground for growing tea.
“Mengding Tea” (蒙顶茶) refers to all tea varieties produced on Mount Mengding, the most renowned being Mengding Ganlu (蒙顶甘露). Mount Mengding plays also an important role in China’s yellow tea (黄茶) culture with the Huangya (黄芽) variety. Furthermore, it is a production centre for compressed tea (边茶). Other tea varieties produced on the mountain are Shihua (石花), Wanchun Yinye (万春银叶) and Yuye Changchun (玉叶长春).