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Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui, also called as Tea King Tai Ping Hou Kui, is purely handmade green tea. Tea King means it is the king of Tai Ping Hou Kui tea, which is of the highest grade as national tea. It is a Chinese tea from Hou Keng in Huangshan Mountain in Anhui Province.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui has brisk and smooth taste with sweet aftertaste. The long-lasting mellow flavor will leave a faint fragrance lingering in your mouth. The tea is made in the shape of two pieces of leaf holding one bud.
The unique flavor of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui is inseparable from its particular traditional making method. The method has five procedures: picking, extracting, spreading, fixation, drying. This special crafting method gives Tai Ping Hou Kui the unique appearance from other green teas. This tea has flat and straight leaf, also big and thick. The bud is hidden in two leaves. It could not be seen without brewing the tea. After brewed, the tea leaves will stretch and reveal the bud.
The dark green color of Tai Ping Hou Kui: high quality Tai Ping Hou Kui has dark green or forest green leaves, without any yellowish or brownish marks.
Why Tai Ping Hou Kui tea leaf is flat: during the making of Tai Ping Hou Kui, the tea maker will gently and repeatedly press the tea leaves with their hands, making the leaves into flat shape. Due to the unique flat and straight shape, Tai Ping Hou Kui is recommended to be brewed with glass cup.
Recommended brewing method: use glass cup to brew 10-15 pieces of leaves, steep for 1-3 minutes.
Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea, started in 1900, is one of China’s ten most famous teas. It also comes from the 1200 meters high area on Huangshan Mountain as our Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng. Hou Keng, where the tea is planted, has cloudy climate and enough sunshine, providing an excellent planting environment for tea trees, along with the traditional making method, the Tai Ping Hou Kui can then have the unique delicate flavor.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui has flat and straight tea leaves in dark green color. Dry tea has the natural and even shape of two leaves holding one bud. The thick leaves present gentle flavor with orchid fragrance. It tastes smooth and sweet, has strong and long-lasting sweet aftertaste. This unique flavor and appearance is determined by its making process.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui is produced in traditional method: picking - extracting – spreading – fixation – drying.
The key of forming the appearance of Tai Ping Hou Kui is the process of fixation and roasting. How the tea leaves are fixated determines the tea’s appearance. There is a standard of fixation: stir 50-100g tea leaves to in the pan at 120℃; When the tea leaves become hot and start to release tea fragrance, the process of fixation ends and the leaves can move on for the next step. Move the tea leaves onto roasting basket. Use hands to gently press the leaves when roasting. This process will be repeated for 4 times till the leaves become completely dry and brittle, then stop pressing the leaves.The “Red Line” on Tai Ping Hou Kui Leaf is usually seen in the leaves of handmade Tai Ping Hou Kui. What’s more, Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui leaves are in dark green color because during its making, the tea leaves will be pressed by hands.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui has unique appearance. Use glass cup the brew it can watch its leaves stretching entirely.
To brew the Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui, you can use 10 to 15 pieces tea leaves, or adjust the amount according to your own favor. Then take a glass cup which is better of 8oz’s capacity, and warm the cup with hot water. If the cup is too small, the leaves will not stretch out entirely. Put the Tai Ping Hou Kui leaves in, and then pour some water at 80℃to 85℃ into the cup in the amount of 1/3 of the cup’s volume. Hold the cup in your hands and slowly rotate it for 30 to 120 seconds, letting the water wet the leaves completely. After that, add more water to 2/3 of the cup’s volume. Steep for 1 to 2 minutes, and then you can enjoy the special “Hou Yun” flavor.
Shidacha tea tree, scientifically named as C.sinensis, is also called Shiyecha tea tree. It belongs to seedling family, bush, large leaf specie. It originates in Xinming Village in Huangshan City, Anhui Province. The kind of one bud and three leaves shape mainly sprouts in the end of April in medium output. Spring tea leaves are in one bud and two leaves shape, containing 3.6% amino acid, 23.8% tea polyphenol, 13.6% catechinic acid and 4% caffeine. It is usually made into green tea.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui is handmade under extremely strict standard. It owns many honorable reputations.
Early in 1915, Tai Ping Hou Kui tea won the golden award in the Panama Pacific International Exposition.
In 1955, Tai Ping Hou Kui was hailed as one of China’s ten most famous teas.
On March 26, 2007, the former president of China Hu Jintao visited Russian and presented the “Chinese Year” Exposition where he gave Tai Ping Hou Kui, Huang Shan Mao Feng and other two kinds of famous Chinese tea to President Putin as national gifts.
Hou Keng locates in Xinming Village in Huangshan City, Anhui Province, which is in the northwest in Huangshan District. Hou Keng is the center producing area of Tai Ping Hou Kui. In the end of 2008, the village has totally 11200 hectares forests and 533 hectares tea gardens on the basis of a total area of 14100 hectares.
Tia Ping Hou Kui tea is only produced in Hou Keng in Huangshan City. The city was originally named as Taiping County, which was founded in Tang Dynasty. Hou Keng (猴坑, hóu kēng) was named for lots of monkeys lived there. Hou means monkey. What’s more, Tai Ping Hou Kui is the best kind green tea. That is the meaning of the word Kui (魁, in Chinese means the best). Combining its origin place and characteristic, it therefore has the name Tai Ping Hou Kui.
Just like all green teas, our TaiPing HouKui has high levels of antioxidants that reputedly help reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. Also containing vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, TeaVivre's TaiPing HouKui also promotes healthy teeth and bones.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Once upon a time, on the beautiful Huangshan Mountain, there lived a small monkey. One day he went out to play, and wandered to Taiping County in northern Huangshan. Yet he lost himself in the place he had never been before, and made no return to his home. His parents went to find him in the entire country, however failed no matter how hard they tried. They finally died of tiredness in a hole in the northwest of Taiping County.
In the valley nearby there lived a kind-hearted man, Wang Laoer, who made a living by picking wild tea and digging herbs in the deep mountain. He happened to find the old monkey’s body, and kindly buried it in the mountain. One year passed, Wang Laoer came again to this place to pick wild teas. Surprisingly he found the place changed a lot. Beautiful tea trees grew everywhere. At that moment Wang realized that the old monkey he buried is not a normal monkey. It must be the monkey who granted the tea trees to him. In order to memory the monkey, Wang named the place as Hou Gang, and named the teas picked from the tea trees here as Hou Kui. This is the legend of Tai Ping Hou Kui.
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The raw leaves are very long, thin and crisp with dark and medium green tones. Some leaves have criss cross patterns on them which must be from the drying basket/tray, how divine and special. There are no holes, marks or discolouration to mention. They have a strong scent of cucumber, seaweed, flowers and grass. First steep - 1 minute - Tea soup is light yellow in colour with a gentle floral and grassy aroma. Flavour is a little dry and perfumed with notes of peony, sweet grass, white cabbage and crisp pear. Second steep - 2 minutes - Smooth and buttery and with a little more depth than the first steep but keeping all of it's flavour. The dryness is a little more perfumed but still on the delicate side which keeps this tea refreshing and pure. Third steep - 3 minutes - Floral, sweet, smooth, buttery and very delicate in this steep. Overall it was delicious throughout and on the perfumed yet delicate side which I found to be similar to Long Jing but this is more delicate and with much more flavour. It does leave your mouth a little dry but also with a wonderful perfumed after taste.
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