2022 Mengding Ambrosia 蒙顶甘露
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Known to be the oldest known tea in China, it originates from and is named after the Han dynasty (around BCE 200) grandmaster of tea Wu Li Zhen (吴理真), otherwise known as Ambrosia Patriarch (甘露祖师), he being the oldest known person in history who engaged in tea cultivation. The historical site on which he hand planted and tended to seven stalks of tea is still being preserved today. There has been numerous poems since the Tang dynasty regarding this tea.
This is one of the top ten teas in China, and is the first Chinese tea known to be heavily rolled into the shape of hooks and snails. Greyish dark green with downy hair, it is floral, umami and refreshing.
This tea is made in an area dominated by Meng Ding Mountain (蒙顶山) or simply known as Meng Mountain (蒙山). One of the sacred mountains of Buddhism, a monk who lived there during the Song dynasty designed a ritual of making offerings to wandering ghosts and the departed (蒙山施食), and this has been incorporated into various Buddhist rituals till today.
Comes in 50 gm tea caddy.