Packet 20g
$9.70 ($0.49/g)
Pouch 100g
$44.92 ($0.45/g)
Taster 4g
$2.44 ($0.61/g)
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  • Rank

    Flower honey and tangerines. Lovely experience.

    Recommends this tea

A rich and indulgent batch of one of the most historic Green teas in the world with 2000 years of history.

Our 2023 Sweet Dew is a richer affair than previous batches (and more affordable), with the dry season leading to later pickings and extra concentration of flavour. While our 2023 choice of Sweet Dew retains all of that uplifting Orchid flower sweetness, it also brings some dill and caraway spice and a little hit of elderflower.

Gan Lu has a very long history and could well be one of the first loose leaf teas consumed in the World. The legend is that the first ever human cultivation of tea (planting and growing tea vs picking what is wild growing) began in Sichuan by a Taoist monk called Wu Lizhen. He supposedly planted seven tea trees in Sichuan sometime between 200BC-53BC.

These seven tea trees were used to make Gan Lu Green tea which became an imperial tribute tea in the Tang and Song Dynasty. This tea was often used in religious ceremonies and became associated with the temples in the mountains of Sichuan.

However accurate the stories, one thing is for certain, this is a very historic tea and it is produced in a very traditional style. The tea is entirely handmade in the arduous three-fry process.

This Sweet Dew is made from a bud and one leaf picked from the beautiful peaks of Mengding mountain from 55 year old tea trees. The cultivar is the Laochuan Qun Ti Zhong which is an heirloom variety which naturally grows in this area, making it perfectly suited to the terroir. Laochuan refers to the ethnic group that have traditionally lived in Bashu (the traditional name of this area of Sichuan).

After picking the leaves are withered and then charcoal baked and rolled by hand three times before being shaped, sorted and gently baked dry. The look of the leaves is furry and twisted from this rolling and shaping process.

The taste shows off the pedigree of the trees and the processing. Perfectly balanced between bright, floral and verdant with a creamy, soft, warming and slightly savoury depth. The sweet finish will last for hours hence its traditional name of Gan Lu (Sweet Dew).


Gong Fu Brewing Western Brewing
Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
Amountg per 100ml 1st Infusionseconds + Infusionsseconds Number of
2.5 120 +60 5 0.4 240 +60 2

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