Hello Tea Friends!
Welcome to day 9. What is inside pouch number 9?
Authentic Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea is one of China’s rarest and most famous teas at the same time. It is picked from large-leaved tea trees of the “shidaye” variety, native to the foot of the Huangshan Mountains in Anhui Province, China. The special features of this tea include its specific picking standard – 2 leaves of the same length, enclosing one bud – and a special way of pressing the tea leaves after roasting and rolling.
This type of tea is actually one of my favourite greens for it’s ease of preparation. Usually I put leaves into water bottles for the gym and steep overnight so it gets a good strength cold steeped come the morning.
I recommend visiting Siam Tea’s page about this tea, it features so much information and pictures including the processing of this magical looking leaf. Well worth a read (link here).
As you can see the leaves are gorgeous shades of green and so flat and thin, very delicate. They smell soft with grass and a floral undertone.
I use the glass method when brewing this tea. So 5g of leaf put straight into a tall glass, then I circle 70C water over the leaves until the glass is 3/4 full. If it’s a bit too hot to touch a drop of cold water can be added. It’s a glass after all.
The object is after a few minutes the leaves sink to the bottom and the water is steeped. Once you get half way down remember to leave at least 1/4 liquid and top back up with fresh water. That way you can re-steep and make the leaves last longer. And since they sink you have no problems drinking it straight this way. No muss, no fuss sort of approach.
The steeped tea smells buttery and grassy though still light.
It tastes slightly bitter with sweet grass and floral tones and a dry after taste. Somewhat perfume like that dryness. Flower wise it’s like honey suckle.
It’s a fragrant green tea, reminds me of a Bi Luo Chun. So fresh and mineral tasting. If you love Chinese green teas then this is worth a try. You can even steep this traditionally if you broke the leaves in half. It’s all down to preference.
Another tea down and one that will keep me going most of this afternoon. I believe I can get a good 4 or 5 refills on this as I keep topping it up.
Join me tomorrow for another review.