Its leaf measures up to 60 mm; it is the largest sized leaf tea among the famous green teas. But surprisingly its size does not affect its delicate orchid fragrance with a mellow taste which lasts up to four brewing. In a glass, the leaf gracefully sways in the water which is described as the 'Phoenix dances'.
In harvesting, every single twig which contains one bud and 3-4 leaves is plucked from tea tree. Subsequently it is meticulously re-plucked again at factory, where only one bud and two leaves remains, and other leaves are removed. This is the expertise and effort of manufacturer to preserve the tea leaves to ensure it to be in good shape until it is sent for processing.
Unlike most the green teas, Taiping Houkui does not undergo any rolling process. It is dried at once using a series of bamboo baskets heated at various temperatures. Inactivation of enzyme as well as enhancement of flavor takes place during these unique processes. Eventually, Taiping Houkui preserves its most natural shape, and the end product presents an exclusive characteristics.
It has been used as one of the gift teas for diplomatic mission in China. The real Taiping Houkui is rare as the production area is limited and there is a great demand for it.
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|Chinese Name||太平猴魁(tài píng hóu kuí )|
|Other Names||Monkey Chief, Monkey King, Monkey tea, Houkui|
|Growing Area||Huang Shan, Anhui Province, China.|
|Harvest Period||April 20th to May.|
|Processing Technique||Non-fermenting Tea, Kill Green(Deactivation)→Sorting and tidying tea strips→Desiccation(Baking)|
|Appearance||Its leaf measures up to 60 mm. Dark green in color with slender red vein. Each piece contains one downy bud and two leaves.|
|Aroma||The aroma is fresh and elegant|
|Tasting Notes||The aroma is fresh and elegant. The tea soup is pure and cool in taste. You could easily give it a longer re-steep without feeling any bitter at all.|
|Teaware||Glass Pot, Glass(Tumbler), Porcelain Cup|
|Steeping Instructions||1. Wash and warm-up a 100-150ml glass cup and 5-8g tea. 2. Vertically place the long leaves into the cup with the leaf root down to the bottom of the cup. 3. Tilting the glass into a 45 degree angle. 4. Pour the hot water into the tilted glass along it|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||50g~500g/bag. Default packing with aluminium coated kraft paper bag.|
this tea is very interesting Review by long
Brewed it in my glass teapot and the leaves are so pretty in it.
It also tasted so good. Fruity and refreshing flavor, lightly sweet and smooth.
(Posted on 11/29/2013)
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