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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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I was greeted with the typical Teavivre “fresh oily” green tea scent when I opened the packet. The leaves are flat and absolutely massive. They don’t even look like tea leaves. I felt as though my tiny gongfu teapot wasn’t large enough to steep the leaves, and used a glass instead. Due to not having to wait for the slow pour of my teapot, I steeped the leaves for 45 seconds instead of 30. The first steeping is vegetal, though pretty light and refreshing with only slight savory notes for added complexity. Another reviewer described it as tasting like fresh cut wet grass, I would not say it is that strong or bright. I realized as I drank more of it has a nice thick mouthfeel, which I did not notice initially due to the light and refreshing flavor. For the second steeping I decided to try only 30 seconds in terms of time. This one was closer to fresh cut wet grass, as the vegetal notes were stronger and the slight savory ones went away completely. It did not feel as though it was verging on bitterness as much, so the reduced time was definitely a good idea for my tastes. I later in the day tried a first steeping again, only this time for 30 seconds in my gongfu teapot. I figured it was best to have a stable reference compared to my other green teas, even if the leaves were big. They did not unfurl much and stayed flat the first time, so it seemed okay. Anyway, it did taste different. It was warmer in character which then slowly shifted to the more light/refreshing flavor mentioned earlier, not quite arriving there though, vegetal notes all the way through from beginning to end. The added warmth made those notes taste specifically like cooked green beans. The mouthfeel was also considerably thicker, possibly the thickest of any green tea I have ever had.
Subtle but amazing tea. I thought this tea would oversteep if I keep this submerged in water for a while but with the right temperature, the tea is still light and smooth. The liquor is very light but when I taste the tea, it has quite a body! I really recommend this and when I run out I will buy another stock! This tea is great to drink while relaxing! I recommend using a tall glass and watch the beautiful leaves dance in the water!! Best green tea so far!
The dried leaves are truly spectacular to behold. They also take up a huge amount of space and weigh very little, being extremely thin. They are large in size but smashed to paper thin. Actually, they might be even thinner than paper! And the color is bright green veering chartreuse! The taste strikes me as somewhere between Long Jing and Mao Feng, with a chestnutty facet but also a hint of vegetal flavor. It’s closer to Long Jing than Mao Feng, but Hou Kui does not taste exactly like Long Jing. Now that I’ve depleted my samples, I am adding this unique tea to my wish list! This review was originally published on Steepster by Sherapop in July, 2014. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Sherapop.
The dry tea smells slightly vegetal, similar to cabbage or spinach but not quite. The smell is familiar to a vegetable soup base. The brewed tea brews up fairly strong. There is definitely a vegetal flavour but it is very light and mild. It is not floral, but it is not strong cabbage, it is just somewhere in between. It is smooth and creamy. Just slight butter notes. This tea is delicious.
I am in love with this tea – the whole experience! First of all, be prepared to be blown away by the size of the leaf for they are huge — thin, whole, flat leaves with lovely shades of green coloring in each. They are very delicate and paper thin like tissue paper. The tea leaves are fully hand-crafted and truly a sensational work of art. I like to brew tai ping hou kui teas in my clear 12oz Chinese tumbler with screw-on filter for drinking. 180 degree water with 12-15 long leaves. It is always a pleasure to watch these tall soldiers stand at full attention in the water (this is the fun factor for me). The tea aroma was vegetal and sweet and was a very pale yellowish-green color. The flavor is sweet with clear vegetal overtones and I was able to detect a little citrus. I drink it down to the point where the tumbler is only 1/3 full and then I top off with more water. I had fun sipping this one all afternoon.
What a unique green. I've never seen anything like it! The leaves are huge and very dark bright green and pressed flat. The scent is crisp fresh veggies. The liquor is extremely vegetal, slight tart cherry notes, and little sweetness. I actually rather like this. It is a welcome change from all the buttery super sweet green teas I've been drinking lately. This one is different and has a lot of character!
Dry leaf aroma: Buttery with a bit of spice, greens. Lovely vegetal aroma. Cream and milk. Faint roasted walnut. Hint of fig. Wet leaf aroma: Broiled greens - mixture of spinach and kale. Fresh soil. Brew color: Medium pale gold. Throat: Roasted chestnuts,campfire,slight sweetness. All very faint Brew aroma: Roasted greens, brussel sprouts, vegetal, warm cream, chestnuts Taste: Immediate roasted green note. Followed by a faint floral note. Medium body. Medium length. Spinach cooked with the most decadent cream. Hints of nuts and a bit of orchids. Nicely tannic.
These lovely green leaves really are huge, and once brewed, they become so soft and velvety, and have a soft vegetal scent with a hint of corn silk and perhaps tender green beans. Brewed color is a clear yellowish hue, and smells sweet and buttery. Taste is gentle and smooth, and has a sweet creaminess with the mild notes of green beans and corn. So deliciously sweet!!
This tea is beautiful in appearance so it is not surprising that the aroma is also beautiful. It is very vegetal and slightly sweet. Once the leaves are brewed it is still very vegetal but also has a slight nuttiness. The taste is smooth and the mouthfeel is buttery. it is vegetal and sweet with notes of sweetness and nuttiness, a delicious tea.
What a beautiful tea. A friend of mine bought some and shared a pot with me. It is a unique looking, kind of in the Dragonwell style, but I think even prettier. It was brewed in big glass thermos, probably low temp like 170ish. Just gorgeous to watch the leaves float in the water and unravel. Taste is typical green, but real nice quality. Some vegetal notes, some sweetness, even little nuttiness. Definitely going to buy some for myself on my next order.
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