Tea Name: "Tai Ping Hou Kui" (Taiping Houkui / Kowkui).
Produced in Huangshan mountain, Anhui province. At first, the tea region was mainly Houkou, Hougang and Yanjia these three places in Taiping county ( now Huangshan district, a part of Huangshan city), so it got name of Taipin Houkui.
Picking: 2022 Year Early Spring.
Grade: A+++ Grade
Flat tea leaves are long and covered with multi silver hairs.
Orchid like aroma with freshness.
Clear tea water with brightness.
Mellow and sweet. Good Huigan (returning sweetness).
Recommended for daily drinking or improving tea experience.
Shelf Life: 18 months.
Recommendation of brewing water:
Mineral water or filtered tap water.
Temperature is near 90 Celsius and not lower than 85 Celsius. (Too hot like boiling water should be avoided. )
Tips for brewing Hou Kui.
1. Put tea leaves (around 5 grams are enough) into cup like the kind we show in photo. You can also wash the cup using hot water to make the cup warm before putting tea in.
2. Pour hot water slowly into the cup along with the cup wall till the water rise to around 2cm high.
3. After the root of the tea leaves absorb some water, then pour hot water again like first time slowly till the water as high as the tea leaves.
4. After the whole tea leaves absorb enough water, then pure water 3rd time till 80% of whole cup.
Then please enjoy your tea.
Tai Ping Hou Kui from Anhui. New to me, and very tasty. Pale yellow-green in a white porcelain cup. Delicate on the first sip, but powerful and mouth-filling on the midpalate and long finish. Orchid fragrance predominates. The tea is lightly sweet and mildly tannic. A very satisfying and beautiful tea.
An adventure in form and content. This is the way of tea we like to keep. Amanda from Formocha in Amsterdam imported this in 2008(?). Brings back fond memories. "Tai Ping Hou Kui" where have you been so long? And why are you so long? Thank you Amanda. And John of course: +++++.