Harvest Period: Spring 2014
Taiping Houkui or called "peaceful monkey king". This tea is grown at the foot of Yellow Mountain in Taiping County, Anhui. The lingering mist and dense forest in the valley provide favorable growing-condition for tea. The tea has been produced since the beginning of the 20th century. It won the "King of Tea" award in China Tea Exhibition 2004.
It is famous for its enormous tea leaves with distinctive criss-cross pattern compared with other green tea, this is because the leaves are pressed on a cloth during processing. We call it "two knives and one pole": two straight leaves clasping the enormous bud with white hairs. The tea shoots could be as long as 15 centimeters. They are plucked from the Shi Da Cha, a large leaf-variety found only in Anhui Province.
After brewing, the tea leaves are amazing opening up, very beautiful. The tea gives you a complex taste, sweet aftertaste with a slightly orchid fragrance. The liquor is a slightly pale golden colour, and smell it you feel the amazing unique aroma.
This tea contains rich Vitamine C, as the other green tea, it is a rich source of antioxidants - called polyphenols - which benefit health in many ways. Studies across the globe proved that Chinese Green Tea helps prevent cancer, aids in digestion, improves weight control and artery health.
Green tea also helps in reducing anxiety, while keeping highly alert state of mind, thanks to its high Theanine level. It supports metabolism and lowers blood sugar levels. Green tea is rich in catechins that effectively kill almost every kind of bacteria which cause food poisoning. It also inactivates the toxins that are produced by those bacteria. At the same time, it enhances the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
How to prepare:
We recommend using glass-based or porcelain tea ware. Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Use about 3-4 grams of tea leaves for around 250 ml of spring water. Steep tea leaves in hot water at around 90°C for 1 minute, fill in only 1/3 full, wait until the leaves start opening up, then add water to the tea ware until full, wait for 1-2 minutes, start enjoy. Gradually increase steeping time for subsequent brewing.
||85 - 90°C
3-4 grams/ 1 tbs