Meng Ding Huang Ya also called Meng Ding Yellow Bud is a traditional Chinese Yellow tea, produced in Mengding Mountain in Ya’an City of Sichuan Province.
The cultivation of Mengding tea tree began in the Western Han Dynasty (202 BC-8 AD). In ancient times, it was a tribute tea for the emperors to enjoy.
As the saying goes, “the tea once enjoyed only by emperors is now in ordinary people’s house.” This is the true portrayal of the Meng Ding Huang Ya.
1. History of Meng Ding Huang Ya
Mengding Mountain has a long history of tea production for more than 2,000 years, which has been recorded in many ancient books.
According to Chinese historical records, Mengding Mountain is the earliest place where tea trees were planted artificially and is the origin of tea planting and tea-producing.
Mengding tea was regarded as a tribute tea from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). It is one of the most famous tribute teas in Chinese history.
Mengding tea is the general name for the tea produced in Mengding Mountain. In the Tang Dynasty, many poets wrote poems to praise Mengding tea.
After the founding of New China, it mainly produces Huangya, known as “Meng Ding Huang Ya”.
Nowadays, the traditional production process of Meng Ding Huang Ya is listed as a provincial intangible cultural heritage in Sichuan Province.
2. Growth environment of Meng Ding Huang Ya
Mengding Mountain, the producing area of Meng Ding Huang Ya, is a national 4A level scenic spot in China.
The climate in Mengding Mountain is mild, with an average annual temperature of 14-15℃, abundant rainfall, more rainy days, and foggy day of 280-300 days in a year.
More rain, more fog, and more clouds are the characteristics of Mengding Mountain. There are 72 temples in Mengding Mountain and many tea gardens around the temples.
Therefore, people say that Mengding Mountain is a good place for tea trees to grow, with sky curtain (cloud and fog) covering and essence (fertile soil) nourishing.
Mengding Mountain not only produces yellow tea Meng Ding Huang Ya, but also produces green tea Meng Ding Gan Lu, which is a famous and ancient green tea.
3. Characteristics of Meng Ding Huang Ya
Meng Ding Huang Ya is picked around the Spring Equinox (March 20 or 21). The picking standard is to pick fresh leaves of one bud with one leaf.
But the super Meng Ding Huang Ya is made from 100% of buds. 500g of super Meng Ding Huang Ya need 40k-50k buds to be made.
The shape of Meng Ding Huang Ya is tidy, flat, and straight. The color of the tea soup is yellow, bright, and clear. It tastes fresh and refreshing.
When Meng Ding Huang Ya is just brewed, the tea buds or tea leaves are lying on the water surface. Then, the buds and leaves absorb water and sink, and many bubbles appear at the tip of the buds or leaves, just like the bird’s tongue carrying a bead.
4. Benefits of Meng Ding Huang Ya
Meng Ding Huang Ya is rich in tea polyphenols, amino acids, soluble sugar, vitamins and other nutrients, which has an obvious effect on the prevention and treatment of esophageal cancer.
The theaflavins in Meng Ding Huang Ya can penetrate into the fat cells, so that fat cells restore the metabolic function under the action of digestive enzymes and the fat will be broken down.
In addition, the natural substances in the Meng Ding Huang Ya are retained more than 85%, and these substances have special effects on anti-cancer, sterilization, anti-inflammation and weight loss.
Here are the main benefits of Meng Ding Huang Ya tea:
- Weight loss
- Promoting digestion
- Nourishing stomach and spleen
- Sterilization and Anti-inflammation