Gān Lù Chá,甘露茶, Mending “Sweet Dew” Green Tea
Pre-Qingming, Spring, 2021; var. Xiaoye Zhong Lao Chuan Cha; Mendingshan, Sichuan; bud only/mainly, 3x frying & rubbing green tea method: Tea Master, Liu Wang Cheng; 1000-1450m; #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá.
Infusion: 3.3g (1 sachet) in 150ml for 1-2min. @80-90deg. C
Dry Leaf Aroma: bready, biscuity, buttery, nutty;
Wet Leaf Aroma: slightly sweet, vegetal, cooked peas & lentils;
Liquor: pale yellow straw colour, with a sweet and slightly floral aroma;
Mouthfeel: moderately viscous, syrupy, mild spicy tingling and freshness, with a sweet finish;
Taste: mildly nutty, buttery, slightly vegetal, with retronasal orange/tangerine floral finish;
Opinion: Sweet or Honey “Dew,” “Manna,” or “Tea of the Immortal” (吴理真Wú Lǐ Zhēn,) is one of the oldest and revered green teas in China with almost 2000 years of continuous production history.
This is an overall pleasant tea but is susceptible to over brewing, which results in an orange pith-like bitterness. Whilst not entirely unpleasant, is not desirable either. When brewed correctly, this is a very pleasant drink.