Meng Ding Mao Feng 2014

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75 / 100

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Tea type
Green Tea
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Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Floral, Grass, Seaweed
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Typical Preparation
Use 9 oz / 266 ml of water
Set water temperature to 180 °F / 82 °C
Steep for 1 min, 30 sec
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2 Tasting Notes View all

“Butter, sesame seed, seaweed, full flavor and mouth-feel. Brewed as directed. Tasted better than expected and will keep in the back of my mind when looking for some greens to buy in spring 2015.” Read full tasting note
“Next to last tea for February 2015 Select! This is a really solid green tea. It hits the buttery, dashi flavors I like, but it’s not as strong as a gyokuro. I’d definitely buy this for an everyday,...” Read full tasting note

Description

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.

Twelve-hundred years ago, the tea of Mt. Meng Ding 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:
蒙顶山上茶
扬子江中水
Tea of the Meng Ding Mountain’s top

Water of the Yang Zi 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 River. It’s evident in this that the tea connoisseurs of antiquity were already insisting that good tea should also be paired with good water.
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. This particular tea 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.

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About Seven Cups

Seven Cups is an American tea company based in Tucson, Arizona. We source traditional, handmade Chinese teas directly from the growers and tea masters who make them, and we bring those teas back from China to share with people everywhere.

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