Possibly China’s most luxurious gift tea. The Tai Ping Hou Kui won the 2004 King of Tea award. In 2007, Chinese president Hu Jintao presented this tea as a gift to President Vladimir Putin. It's mellow, soothing and rejuvenating. This tea is sometimes also known as as 'Monkey King' tea in the West.
In the below video you can enjoy the beauty of the leaves of this green tea and learn how to easily steep it in a transparent glass.
How to steep Tai King Hou Kui?
To bring out the best flavour, apply water at 75 - 80°C (170-175ºF). Straight glasses are also the most suitable to fit the long flat leaves.
Put 3-4g Tai Ping Hou Kui leaves into a straight glass, then slowly pour in the hot water and let it brew for 3 minutes. Alternatively, you may also add hot water in the glass first and then slowly stick the leaves one by one in the glass. This may result in a more beautiful appearance.
This green tea can generally be brewed for up to 3 times. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.
Which region of China is Monkey Picked Green Tea from?
The Monkey King (Tai Ping Hou Kui) is a native to the regions near Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province, an area which produces other famous variety of green teas, like Huang Shan Mao Feng and Liu An Melon Seed. The best Tai Ping Hou Kui is grown in the villages of Houkeng, Hougang and Yanjiachun at the foot of the Yellow Mountain, villages with a hundreds year long tradition for producing loose green teas.
Tai Ping Hou Kui, also known as Monkey King Green Tea, is very healthy for your skin. The antioxidant in green tea helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, which cause wrinkling and skin aging. In addition, drinking green tea is an effective to cure acne in a natural way. Studies find that green tea fights all the underlying causes of acne: inflammation, insulin resistance and hormones. Regular consumption of at least 3 cups of green tea per day will treat acne by improving insulin resistance, and reducing the levels of hormones.
|Steeping time||3 min|
|Steeping temperature||80 °C - 175 °F|
|Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot||2-5 gram|
|Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz)||1.5 tbsp|
|Tea Caffeine Content||medium|
|Tea Region||Huang Mountain|
|Tea in Chinese||太平猴魁|