Songluo tea is a type of green tea whose origin and history can be traced back 600 years to the Ming Dynasty. The process of making Songluo tea was first created by a Dafang Monk. It is considered the mother of fry-dried green tea, though it is not listed among the top 10 famous Chinese teas, making it a hidden gem in the west.
On September 12th, 1745, the largest vessel of the Swedish East India Company, the East Indiaman Gotheborg built in Stockholm, sank to the bottom of the sea just before reaching her home port of Gothenburg, Sweden. For mysterious reasons, it hit an underwater rock despite an experienced captain on board sailing through a familiar route. 366 tons of tea on board was sunk with the ship.
In 1984 an 8 year excavation project of the the East Indiaman Gotheborg began. A vast amount of tea was found. Although the boxes holding the teas decomposed, surprisingly some teas stored in tin cans remained sealed off from water after being submerged under the sea for 240 years.
In 2012, founder the Huangshan Wangguangxi Songluo Tea Co, Mr. Wang Guangxi, built a museum dedicated to Songluo tea to increase the awareness of this historically renowned tea among tea lovers. In the musem preserved in jars sits this special recovered Songluo tea from the Gotheborg.
- Ingredients: Green Tea
- Packaging: Luxury Tea Tins, 40g/70g
- Origin: Xiu Ning, Anhui Province, China
- Cultivar: Songluo
- Elevation: 2,400 ft
- Picking Date: April, 2018 - first flush
- Picking Style: bud and 1 or 2 leaves
- Dry Leaves Appearance: rolled dark green snail-like pellets
- Wet Leaves Aroma: vegetal, artichoke, sweet corn, cream, wet grass
- Liquor Appearance: light green, clear
- Liquor Aroma: cream, asparagus, roasted nuts
- Taste: cream, wet grass, asparagus, hint of dried cherries
- Mouthfeel: medium thickness, extremely subtle astringency
- Caffeine Level: Moderate
Gong Fu Brewing of Songluo Green:
- 4g per 100ml
- 175°F / 80°C
- 15 seconds
- 5 infusions
Western Brewing of Songluo Green:
- 1.1 tsp per 8oz
- 175°F / 80°C
- 90 seconds
- 3 infusions