Meng Ding Gan Lu

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Gan Lu, which means “Sweet Dew”, is a very famous tea in China. Legend has it that the Gan Lu tea plant was first cultivated by the legendary Buddhist monk, Wu Li Zhen. After he achieved Nirvana, the locals around Meng Mountains nicknamed this tea “Xian Cha”, which means Tea of the Immortal.

Only the leaves picked in the misty peak areas of Mount Meng can be considered as true Meng Ding Gan Lu. Due to its limited supply and high demand, a lot of teas claiming to be Meng Ding Gan Lu are counterfiet. As our assurance to you, our Meng Ding Gan Lu comes with an anti-fake seal issued by China’s Quality Control Department (for 100 grams and above only).

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The scent of this tea is greatly inviting. It’s very sweet and airy, so I can understand the poetic expressions of the “sweet dew” that comes to mind. I’m not one, however, for that kind of sweetness in tea, but I have to appreciate its subtle, light, and delicately sweet taste. It holds up well to multiple infusions (the second one was quite nice actually). It’s just not a tea I would order myself or drink very often.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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The most exquisite thing about this tea is the appearance of the dry leaf. The leaves look like little furry spirals and have a pleasant faintly sweet smell. I want very much to like it, but I am not really sure I do. The tea just is not something I think that I will crave the taste of—not horrible tasting—but not something I love. I infused a fair amount of leaf in a glass gaiwan at 170° for a minute. I think this tea is a little too unforgiving and vague. Maybe I am having a bad tea day?

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My batch of Gan Lu was supplied by purveyors of fine tea Canton Tea and the tea didn’t disappoint it is best brewed at 75 degrees centigrade and I have found that this brings out a gentle floral note.
It is a lovely light refreshing tea and benefits from a steeping time of 3 mins.
It has not got the astringent after taste associated with other green teas.
I would recommend this tea, it’s floral notes which can only be appreciated like many green teas at the right temperature to bring out the true qualities of this lovely tea.

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More green tea this morning… another test to study for…

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