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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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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
Those leaves were so beautiful that I had to think twice before steeping. The liquor was thick and clear, tasty and really pleasant. Indeed I want more of this amazing green tea.
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.
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