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Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui grows in Hou Keng on Huangshan Mountain, which is the center producing area of Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea. In China, Tai Ping Hou Kui is famed as one of the most famous ten Chinese teas. Leaves of semi-hand Tai Ping Hou Kui are even in thickness, and have brighter color than Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui. First crafted in 1915, it went on to win gold medal for best tea at the 1915 Panama World Expo. TeaVivre's TaiPing HouKui is an excellent example of this fantastic tea.
TaiPing HouKui green tea has uniquely long, flat leaves that make an amazing sight when brewed in a clear glass – which we strongly recommend! The tea is made from one bud with two leaves that come from a large leaf variety of the tea plant found only in Anhui province. During processing the leaves are pressed flat in an oven, giving the tea its unique shape.
TeaVivre's TaiPing KouKui has a fresh, orchid like fragrance with a classic sweet green tea taste. When brewed it has a bright green color, that combine with the size of the leaves to make a tea that is great to admire in a tall clear glass. This tea is not bitter in the least, and retains its sweet taste even after many infusions.
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.
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.
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.
TaiPing HouKui green tea was first developed around 1900 by a farmer by the name of Wang Kuicheng in the village of Hougang in TaiPin county, Anhui province. Due to its quality and taste it was soon ranked as one of the best teas in the area and was given the name of TaiPing HouKui – naming it both after the farmer and the village where it originated.
Later in 1912 a tea merchant by the name of Liu Jingzhi from Taiping county purchased several of the unique tea bushes used to produce the tea and then sent them to the Nanjing Fair where they were put on display by the Ministry of Agriculture. At that fair the tea was given an award for best tea. A few years later, in 1915, the tea won gold medal for teas at the Panama World Expo, and since that time has always been regarded as one of the best and most unique Chinese teas.
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This reminded me of a cross between Huo Shan Huang Ya (the yellow tea offered here, which has sweet pea and sweet corn flavors) and wood sorrel (a wild edible plant with lime/lemon/green flavors). The wood sorrel-like notes were refreshing and energizing and the yellow tea-like notes were sweet and calming. Put together, they made for more of a rounded, balanced experience than either set of flavors on their own. The tea shifted from more like the yellow tea (sweet) to more like the wood sorrel (citrus-like and astringent) over the course of several brewings. There were no brewing instructions that I saw, so I brewed this at 80C (the temperature which I typically brew most green teas). I didn't rinse it, which isn't atypical because I don't always rinse green teas (particularly when they seem as delicate as this one did). The flavors didn't change drastically from the first to the second steeping so I don't think there'd be much of a different taste with this one if you do decide to rinse it. I really liked how unique this one was. I particularly loved the wood sorrel-like notes, and I would definitely get this tea again. It's not something I'd drink every day. But, it is definitely something I see myself coming back to. Note: Some of the leaves are quite long (up to 11 cm/4.5 in, in the sample that I got). I didn't have a larger container to accommodate them, so I had to break the longer ones in half to fit them in my 4 oz gaiwan. They were still beautiful to look at while brewing. But, I do think that these are better suited for larger-quantity brewings in a large glass teapot or container. So, keep that in mind when ordering. The presentation is very clearly part of the process with these, and their length does get in the way when attempting to brew smaller quantities.
This is one of the best green green teas that I have ever tried. I love the look of the leaves. The taste is perfect!
Great Tea! I've tried a lot Hou Kuis and they often have a intrusive taste but this one is very good with no bitterness.
This Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui is actually my favorite green tea! I make it in a tall glass mug and drink of it while the leaves are still steeping. It’s mild, slightly sweet and very refreshing. It seems expensive, but it’s only $1.25 per session if you use the recommended 5g (which should make you more than 1 steep). The big straight whole leaves make this tea even more appealing: it is as pleasant to drink as it is to look at. To me, this tea deserves its own category!
This tea is beautiful in shape and aroma, and very light in flavour. It's a sophisticate relaxing drink, which can give you a sense of exotic, like a buttery jungle.
These leaves are large green and luscious, and produce a very pale yellow liquor. There is a sweet grassy flavor and scent with a hint of butter, there is also a general vegetal flavor to it, and surprisingly a very mild astringency and bitterness, but it works for the tea, not against it. The first infusion had a mild taste and the second was slightly more intense. Im incredibly impressed with my first sampling from Teavivre, and look forward to trying the rest of this order. I highly recommend this tea!
The leaves are translucent, like some types of seaweed. The taste is delicate and sweet, lightly vegetal, like young sap. It gets the mouth water flowing; it moistens and quenches.
I love making tai ping in a tall glass so I can watch the dance of the leaves. The leaves are stiff and straight, and soon begin to bend before finally succumbing to water and falling to the bottom of the glass. The liquor is pale and the taste is sweet and so smooth. This is a great tea for people who have had a bad experience with cheap grocery store that is sour or biting. This one is smooth and lovely, goes well with food but also stands alone, and resteeps very well. Adjust the time for the strength you enjoy.
Probably one of the more interesting looking leaf shapes I've ever seen... inches long green leaves that look attached and pancaked together. Leaves so long they hardly fit vertically in the tea basket infuser. I'm not really sure how or why they look like this! Though Teavivre does have some info about this mysterious tea: http://www.teavivre.com/info/manual-made-tai-ping-hou-kui/ I used most of a sample pouch for a mug. The flavor is surprisingly mild for such leaves. Sweet and light flavor! Really no flavor notes to distinguish it from more complex green teas, and I really like my complex green teas, so this one might not be my favorite. If I'm really searching for flavors, I might say it has hints of seaweed, butter and vegetables. I think this tea is more of an experience than flavor, so I wish I had brewed it in a clear glass! I think this tea is mild enough that being left in the cup wouldn't make the flavor too strong. Steep #1 // 32 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
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