No. 134 - Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea
Legends of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui
Once upon a time, on the beautiful Huangshan Mountain, there lived a small monkey. One day he went out to play, and wandered to Taiping County in northern Huangshan. Yet he lost himself in the place he had never been before, and made no return to his home. His parents went to find him in the entire country, however failed no matter how hard they tried. They finally died of tiredness in a hole in the northwest of Taiping County. In the valley nearby there lived a kind-hearted man, Wang Laoer, who made a living by picking wild tea and digging herbs in the deep mountain. He happened to find the old monkey’s body, and kindly buried it in the mountain. One year passed, Wang Laoer came again to this place to pick wild teas. Surprisingly he found the place changed a lot. Beautiful tea trees grew everywhere. At that moment Wang realized that the old monkey he buried is not a normal monkey. It must be the monkey who granted the tea trees to him. In order to memory the monkey, Wang named the place as Hou Gang, and named the teas picked from the tea trees here as Hou Kui. This is the legend of Tai Ping Hou Kui.
Manual Making Method of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui has flat and straight tea leaves in dark green color. Dry tea has the natural and even shape of two leaves holding one bud. The thick leaves present gentle flavor with orchid fragrance. It tastes smooth and sweet, has strong and long-lasting sweet aftertaste. This unique flavor and appearance is determined by its making process.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui is produced in traditional method: picking – extracting – spreading – fixation – drying.
|The tea leaves of Tai Ping Hou Kui are picked under extremely strict standard, especially on the time of picking. Tea workers go up the mountain in early morning when mist rises.||After picked, the fresh tea leaves will be extracted piece by piece under the strict standard of one bud and two leaves or one bud and three leaves.||Spreading is to wither the fresh tea leaves. This process will last for 4 to 6 hours.|
Why is this Tea Called as Tai Ping Hou Kui?
Tia Ping Hou Kui tea is only produced in Hou Keng in Huangshan City. The city was originally named as Taiping County, which was founded in Tang Dynasty. Hou Keng (?????, hóu k??ng) was named for lots of monkeys lived there. Hou means monkey. What’s more, Tai Ping Hou Kui is the best kind green tea. That is the meaning of the word Kui (??, in Chinese means the best). Combining its origin place and characteristic, it therefore has the name Tai Ping Hou Kui.
Note: Taiping County was authorized by the State Council to be restructured into county-level Huangshan City in December of 1983. In November 27, 1987, the county-level Huangshan City was reorganized into Huangshan District under the command of prefecture-level Huangshan City.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui is handmade under extremely strict standard. It owns many honorable reputations. Early in 1915, Tai Ping Hou Kui tea won the golden award in the Panama Pacific International Exposition. In 1955, Tai Ping Hou Kui was hailed as one of China’s ten most famous teas.
On March 26, 2007, the former president of China Hu Jintao visited Russian and presented the “Chinese Year” Exposition where he gave Tai Ping Hou Kui, Huang Shan Mao Feng and other two kinds of famous Chinese tea to President Putin as national gifts.
Hou Keng: The Origin Place of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui
Hou Keng locates in Xinming Village in Huangshan City, Anhui Province, which is in the northwest in Huangshan District. Hou Keng is the center producing area of Tai Ping Hou Kui. In the end of 2008, the village has totally 11200 hectares forests and 533 hectares tea gardens on the basis of a total area of 14100 hectares.
Secret of the Appearance of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui
The key of forming the appearance of Tai Ping Hou Kui is the process of fixation and roasting. How the tea leaves are fixated determines the tea’s appearance. There is a standard of fixation: stir 50-100 g tea leaves to in the pan at 120; When the tea leaves become hot and start to release tea fragrance, the process of fixation ends and the leaves can move on for the next step. Move the tea leaves onto roasting basket. Use hands to gently press the leaves when roasting. This process will be repeated for 4 times till the leaves become completely dry and brittle, then stop pressing the leaves. The “Red Line” on Tai Ping Hou Kui Leaf is usually seen in the leaves of handmade Tai Ping Hou Kui. What’s more, Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui leaves are in dark green color because during its making, the tea leaves will be pressed by hands.
Shidacha Tea Tree: The Tree Specie of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui
Shidacha tea tree, scientifically named as C.sinensis, is also called Shiyecha tea tree. It belongs to seedling family, bush, large leaf specie. It originates in Xinming Village in Huangshan City, Anhui Province. The kind of one bud and three leaves shape mainly sprouts in the end of April in medium output. Spring tea leaves are in one bud and two leaves shape, containing 3.6% amino acid, 23.8% tea polyphenol, 13.6% catechinic acid and 4% caffeine. It is usually made into green tea.
Brief Health Info
Just like all green teas, our TaiPing HouKui has high levels of antioxidants that reputedly help reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. Also containing vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, TeaVivre's TaiPing HouKui also promotes healthy teeth and bones.
|Shelf Life||10 Years|
|Packed||United States of America|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||185 F / 85 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||3 g|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||3 Minutes, repeat until flavor is exhausted|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||185 F / 85 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1-2 Tablespoons|
|Western Method (Time)||Leave until flavor is exhausted|