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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 love the fun factor in this tea. Watching these long flat leaves stand up like little green soldiers in the hot water is always enjoyable. By the way, the leaves are hug - 3 to 4 inches in length. The aroma of both the dry and wet leaves is vegetal and sweet. The liquor is pale green and clear. The flavor of the tea is subtle, light, and very pleasant with a sweet, buttery, vegetal flavor. All in all, preparing and drinking this tea is always a very nice experience!
This is one spectacular green tea. If you brew it correctly, it is mesmerizing. However, it is not the easiest tea to get just right. I use about 8 grams or so to about 2 cups of water. I also use a lower temperature than other teas -- maybe 168F. It is possible that TeaVivre's suggestion to do a quick rinse is good (i.e., throw out first run) since my second infusion was perfection. I still don't have it down perfectly, but it is worth the effort to try, that is for sure. When you get it right, you will know because it will be a bright green color without even a hint of bitterness. It will have an almost citrusy/lemon hint to it, but will taste rich and complex. If you get it wrong -- water too hot, too much tea to water ratio, etc., it is a different experience entirely. This beautiful tea is worth the effort -- I use a gram scale, a high-end, super fast thermometer, and a tea timer. When a tea is this fine (and this expensive), do not leave anything to chance. Guessing, for me, anyway, has just not worked. The result is amazing with this tea. Give it a try!
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