Fresh, Mellow & Sweet
Appearance & Taste
The leaves are long, fleshy and robust, flat and straight. They are pale green in colour and the main vein of each leaf is faintly reddish. They are covered with tiny, fuzzy white hairs, but these are not always obvious.
The taste of Taiping Houkui is wonderfully complex. It is sweet with the scent of flowers, fresh and mellow. It has a very long-lasting, sweet aftertaste. The tea is very clean and bright green with a fresh aroma.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
Recommend using Bottom-Drop (what’s this?) menthod for brewing the tea.
- Warm the teaware with hot water. Discard the water afterwards
- Add 3g for tea cup (125ML), 6g for glass (250ML) and 12g for tea pot (500ML)
- Pour hot water (80–85°C) into the teaware until it is one-third full
- Tilt the teaware, slowly rotating it two times (this is to ensure a better infusion)
- Fill the teaware with hot water (80–85°C)
- Infuse tea for around 1-2 minutes, if using gaiwan gongfu, the first brew can be around 60s, the second time is around 2mins, then gradually increase steeping time for subsequent brewing
- Drink until 1/3 of the tea is left before refilling
- Can be brewed a total of four times
- Gradually increase steeping time for subsequent brews.
In the first brew, you will enjoy the fragrance of orchids; the second round releases a mellower taste; the third and fourth brews produce a different, delicate fragrance.
Tai Ping County, Anhui province
The origin of this famous Chinese green tea is Tai Ping County, Anhui province. Because this unique cloudy area is characterised by low temperatures, very fertile soil and high humidity, the quality of green tea produced here is considered first-class.
The altitude of the tea trees is normally over 350 metres, with the soil containing rich black sand and a lot of organic substances. The annual sunshine percentage is around 50% and the annual precipitation is 1,200-1,400mm.
Harvest & Production
Timing & Ingredients
Ingredients: Taiping Houkui is made using a bud with two leaves. It requires fat and strong buds and leaves; the tips of the bud and the leaves should be aligned.
At first, one bud with 3-4 leaves is picked from the tea tree. The factory then reduces these to two leaves. This is to ensure the leaves keep their shape until ready for processing.
Picking: Taiping Houkui is only picked on sunny days, and the quality is well-controlled by avoiding:
- Tea leaves have no bud
- Bud and leaves are too small or too large
- Bud and leaves are too thin
- Bud and leaves are too curved
- Bud and leaves are purple in colour
- Bud is not straight
- Bud and leaves are very pale
- Bud and leaves have been damaged by disease.