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No. 135 - Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea

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Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui grows in Hou Keng on Huangshan Mountain, which is the center producing area of Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea. In China, Tai Ping Hou Kui is famed as one of the most famous ten Chinese teas. Leaves of semi-hand Tai Ping Hou Kui are even in thickness, and have brighter color than Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui. First crafted in 1915, it went on to win gold medal for best tea at the 1915 Panama World Expo.

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Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea was first developed around 1900 by a farmer by the name of Wang Kuicheng in the village of Hougang in TaiPin county, Anhui province.  Due to its quality and taste it was soon ranked as one of the best teas in the area and was given the name of Tai Ping Hou Kui – naming it both after the farmer and the village where it originated.

Later in 1912 a tea merchant by the name of Liu Jingzhi from Taiping county purchased several of the unique tea bushes used to produce the tea and then sent them to the Nanjing Fair where they were put on display by the Ministry of Agriculture.  At that fair the tea was given an award for best tea.  A few years later, in 1915, the tea won gold medal for teas at the Panama World Expo, and since that time has always been regarded as one of the best and most unique Chinese teas.

Hou Keng: The Origin Place of 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.

Map of Anhui province

Shidacha Tea Tree: The Tree Specie of 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 Tai Ping Hou Kui 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, Tai Ping Hou Kui also promotes healthy teeth and bones.

Additional Information

Ingredients Green Tea
Product of: China
Region(s) Anhui Province - Mt. Huangshan
Antioxidants Medium
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
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
Steeping Notes No