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Tai Ping Hou Kui Loose Leaf Green Tea

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Citrus And Floral Flavours / Notes
Citrus & Floral
Fruity Flavours / Notes
Natural Flavours / Notes
Nuts And Spice Flavours / Notes
Nuts & Spice
Cashew Mixed Citrus Mixed Florals Mixed Fruits Mixed Nuts Mixed Spices Pear & Guava Tea Flavours
Flavours & Notes
Quick Details
Origin(s): China Taiwan
Full Bodied
Creamy & Silky
Delicate & Thin
Full Bodied & Rich
Medium Balanced
Balance of Flavours
Well Balanced
With Dominant Flavours
Tea Specification
Tea Type: Green Tea
More Information
Does this include caffeine? Yes, this tea contains caffeine
Are there any specific product benefits?
Tai Ping Hou Kui Loose Leaf Green Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea 

Tea Region: Hou Keung Village, Huang Shan, Anhui Province, China

Tasting Notes

  • 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. 

Brewing Guidance

  • 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

Tai Ping Hou Kui Loose Green Tea

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. 

If you like this product you may also like Rare Orchid, Sejak Tendresse, Bi Luo Chun Sanxia and Bi Luo Chun Yunnan.

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