Tea Type: Green Tea
Tea Region: Hou Keung Village, Huang Shan, Anhui Province, China
Appearance: Clear, pale-golden coloured liquor.
Aroma: Nutty (cashew nuts), baked bread, cooked vegetal (artichoke heart, petit pois) and marine notes.
Flavour: A complex succession of delicate flavours - sweet, nutty (cashew nuts), toasty (baked bread), vegetal (artichoke heart), floral (orchid) flavours with a subtle marine note.
Mouthfeel: Complex, mellow liquor with a silky mouthfeel. Lingering sweet finish.
- Measure 3g of tea per 200ml water. Boil water to 80℃. Steep for 1 1/2- 2 minutes.
Due to the large and bulky shape of the tea leaves, it is not easy to measure Tai Ping Hou Kui with a tablespoon. We advise using a scale for weighing the adequate amount of tea for brewing to avoid disappointment from inappropriate proportion between water and tea leaves.
Reference: Op. 212
Tips for Tea Connoisseurs
Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea, also known as "Monkey King" is one of the most revered Chinese green teas. This is one of the few green teas (along with Dragon Well Green Tea) that has not been rolled, but flattened. After the firing process in a wok to remove enzymes that can cause further oxidation, tea leaves are shortly roasted and then placed on a fabric and then pressed with wooden blocks.
Authentic Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea is cultivated in three villages, Hou-keng, Hou-cun and Yan-jia, the villages around Huang Shan Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its pristine natural beauty. Our Tai Ping Hou Kui comes from Hou Keung village and it was made from tender first flush tea leaves of decades-old tea trees benefited from sweet spring water and mineral-rich soil.
Made from a unique, local cultivar called Si Da Cha, a large-leafed varietal founded in Huang Shan area, Tai Ping Hou Kui has a distinctively long and flat shape which offers an alluring sight of tea leaves dancing while brewing in a transparent glass brewing vessel. When brewed, our Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea offers a refreshing and elegant liquor with complex flavours ranging from nutty, toasty, vegetal, floral and marine notes. This full-flavoured liquor is so smooth and mellow, while the natural sweetness lingers long in the finish with a refreshing mouthfeel.
A gracious green tea that will be highly appreciated by green tea lovers! If you enjoy our Taiwanese Bi Luo Chun from Sanxia, you would appreciate this mellow and elegant Chinese green tea from Anhui.
As with all green tea, Tai Ping Hou Kuo Green Tea is rich in antioxidants and known for its potential health benefits such as promoting heart health, cancer prevention, boosting the immune system and lowering down blood pressure.