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Golden Mountain Needle Green Tea
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The best Sichuan teas come from the central mountain peak of Mount Meng and this tea is grown on the southern and eastern slopes of this mountain. The heavy mists that surround Mount Meng and volcanic soils provide ideal growing conditions for the special tea. A Ching dynasty record states that on one of the peaks in this mountain area there were 7 tea trees where a monk named Sweet Dew managed to gather only ninety leaves per year and made a most delicious tea. Though this is hard to believe, special tea from this mountain peak has always been scarce and is highly prized by connoisseurs everywhere.The method of manufacture of this tea is quite interesting. The tealeaves are only plucked during the last 2 weeks of March and must be plucked before the rising sun dries the misty dew on the early morning leaves. The leaves are plucked every day and only new leaves that are less than 20 mm long are used. These leaves are lightly rolled to break the cells every so slightly, immediately steamed to stop any possibility of fermentation and then painstakingly hand formed and pressed before final drying. The result is an early morning fresh green tea with wonderful flavor and extremely pale liquor
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