TAI PING HOU KUI 太平猴魁 - SAN HE

TAI PING HOU KUI 太平猴魁 - SAN HE

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Category: Green

Origin: Sanhe, China

Harvest: Spring 2018

A former Imperial Tribute Tea (i.e. a tea of such high quality that emperors claimed them as their official property), Tai Ping Hou Kui is one of the most famous teas in all of China. Its large, long, flat leaf produces a light, vibrant taste when steeped. The impressive size of Tai Ping Hou Kui leaves arises from their specific cultivar as well as their plucking standard, which calls for a bud and two leaves.

This Houkui is hand picked and produced from the San He village. Some factories around the surrounding area can produce symmetrical looking hou kui that looks even better than these authentic handmade variety. As far as we are aware, the local government has not issued any anti-fake certificate. If other sellers are offering one, it doesn’t mean anything.

History: Tai Ping is the name of the county. Hou Kui is the name of the tea. The tea is named after houkeng, the place where the tea was first made famous. Houkeng means Monkey Pit, so called because it is a mountain valley where people took shelter during wartime.

The word "Kui" comes from the name of the tea farmer - Wang Kui Chen - who invented it in the early 19th century.

Today, the best Tai Ping Hou Kui tea comes from the Sanhe village in the Yellow Mountain area. The village has 3 main production areas: Houkeng, Hougang and Yanjiacun. It is famous for the Monkey Rhyme (Hou Yun), a sweet aftertaste that can be found only in the best of Tai Ping Hou Kui tea.

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STEEP INSTRUCTIONS

Whole leaves can take a little longer to steep, but the taste more than makes up for it. 

Every tea is unique and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is to be used suggestively as a guide for brewing this tea, we think it's a good place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.

 3 grams or 1.5 tablespoon per 6oz of water

3 grams or 1.5 tablespoon per 6oz of water

 Water just off the boil  176°F or 80°C

Water just off the boil

176°F or 80°C

      3+ minutes

     3+ minutes

 Re-steep up to 3 times

Re-steep up to 3 times