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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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Outstanding tea was as promised and with on time delivery. Certainly a delicious green tea.
This tea is just awesome! Those gigantic leaves are spectacular and the tea itself is really good. Flavour reminds me a bit from japanese senchas. It's full of savoury flavours like green beans, peas, vegetables, seawater and hint of roasted almond. For me the best part of this tea was definitely those beautiful, big leaves that no other tea has.
It looks like long and gaint Japanese sencha. But taste is totally different from sencha. I think, it taste is mixed dargon well long jing and milky oolong. It has aroma of roasting yellow bean powder and mellow flavor.
Even when made strong, this tea is not bitter. The taste reminds me of green split peas—it is amazing! This could easily become my favourite green tea.
This is like giant sencha. It was very surprising and tasty.
This is a good Taiping houkui, I've tried only a sample but the taste was very good ( vegetal, quite strong and sweet) with multiple infusions, more or less 30s 3 times.
I got this as one of my samples with my first order here and I wasn't disappointed in my choice. For me, the smell and taste of the tea were in perfect harmony.
Wow. I was told that this kinda tasted like sugarcane, and that's exactly the flavour I would describe this as. It's not sugary sweet like that stuff you get in the grocery store, it's more like the fresh sugar-esque flavour that you get from biting into raw sugarcane. I put three and a half (3.5) grams of the leaves into my pint glass with water that was around 185 degrees Fahrenheit. I refilled the glass when it got half empty. the first pour got a little bitter towards the end of the cup, but it was overall nice. The second pour was where it shined, though. It was crisp, with a that sgarcaney (?) flavour and an extremely smooth mouth-feel. I'm on the third pour now. The flavour is still there, but it's more on the finish of the sip. This tea will probably go for another pour, two if I'm lucky. My Yunnanese greens have much more extensive brews, but this is sweeter with a bit more complexity. I'm giving this tea three stars because I wouldn't ever fund myself drinking this daily. I much prefer the less sweet greens. It is, however, a nice novelty. It's something i can enjoy from time to time when I want something different. I'll be putting this in my fridge for later use. :)
I selected this tea as one of my samples when I made my first purchase here. The leaves weren't as long as I was expecting, but they are still beautiful. Before I write the review, I should say that I probably don't brew enough of the tea, and I think I've let it steep for too long, but I like the flavor. It looks nice in a glass cup, and after a certain point it sinks to the bottom. A glass tea cup might work better than a taller cup. It does have a vegetal taste, like most green teas, though it doesn't have that hemp powder taste like some others I've had. I just really like the leaves. I think that's what makes it interesting. The sample also happens to have quite a few leaves, so you can get several cups with it. If you do try, just keep in mind that I have probably been brewing it wrong. If you don't know whether you want to buy this tea, then try the sample.
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.
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