The distinction of semi-hand Tai Ping Hou Kui is on the process of pressing. After picked, the fresh tea leaves from Shidacha tea trees will be hand-extracted of one bud with two or three leaves. Tea workers then lay the leaves tidily on a square grid. Spaces between each piece of leaf must be even. Then the tea workers will use a shaping machine to press the grid containing tea leaves. Lastly, put the grid in roasting oven. This is how the semi-hand Tai Ping Hou Kui is made.
Semi-hand Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui has wider and thinner leaves than hand-made Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui. Its dry tea is bright green. Tea liquid presents slight floral fragrance with sweet aftertaste.