Tai Ping Hou Kui
This tea not only carries it's beauty in it's elegant long flat leaves but in the flavor. The aroma starts out with a savory sweetness with a very slight hint of French tarragon and notes of orchids. Refreshing, smooth, mellow and sweet after taste. The long leaves are beautiful to behold but begs the question, "how do I steep these leaves?" I suggest not to break the leaves. Use a larger infuser (not a tea ball) and let the leaves stand tall until steeped. Many sip this cuppa in a tall glass and let the leaves swim freely, often referred to as sipping "grandpa style" without an infuser, using your teeth to filter the tea leaves while you sip. This tea is truly a special treat.
$3.00 – $133.99
Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea (sometimes known as Monkey King) has long elegant flat leaves and sparks an immediate grasp and appreciation of the labor expended. The care with which each bud set is placed onto a screen, one by one, and the care in pressing without breakage demonstrate a focus on a visually stunning end product. Green teas display the greatest range in leaf styles: pearls, needles, spirals, open leaves, spears, tightly rolled wiry shapes, and robust, down-coated bud sets. Among these in a class of its own, Tai Ping Hou Kui is the most dramatic, “Tai Ping” being a place name and “Hou Kui” literal translation is Monkey King.
If serving this tea iced, consider using an extra 1 1/2 teaspoon of tea for every 6 – 8 ounces of water to provide more flavor. Melting ice will dilute the blend. You can also cold steep to maximize the flavor by filling a pitcher with the appropriate tepid water. Add the suggested amount of tea leaves either in a tea bag or an infuser and put the pitcher into the refrigerator for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Taste the tea and if it’s to your liking, remove the tea leaves and serve.
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 6-8 oz water)
2*3 minutes @ 176℉
Number of Western Infusions: 2
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 3 oz water)
10 sec @ 176℉
Number of Eastern Infusions: 4