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Monkey King Tea

Taiping Houkui

18 €

Growing on the foothills of the Huangshan Mountain, this tea embodies a perfect combination of startling elegance, supreme quality, and excellent flavor. If you are looking for proof that tea is, in fact, an art, don’t go any further.

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Additional Information

English name:

Monkey King Tea

Type and Grade:

Supreme-quality green tea.

Chinese:

太平猴魁

Pinyin:

tàipíng hóukuí

Name origin:

Taiping is the name of the county in Anhui Province where Houkeng (猴坑 – Monkey Hollow) village is located. A certain Wang Kuicheng who lived there decided to make tea using only buds and the nearest one or two leaves (as opposed to using all leaves from the tree), which produced tea of unusually exquisite quality and appearance. Kui is a way of saying number one, and since the syllable is also part of the grower's name, people started referring to this tea as (Taiping) Houkui.

Ingredients:

Buds and leaves of Camellia sinensis, Houkui Varietal.

Harvest year:

2016

Origin:

Anhui, China

Steeping suggestions:

one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
time: 30-60 seconds
number of infusions: 5-6
discard the first brew

Packaging and storage:

We pack our teas in resealable airtight bags. Tea should be stored in a cool and dry place. The expiry date is stamped on the bag.

Shipping:

Worldwide with Express Mail Service (EMS tracking) or China Post

Product Description

Monkey King Tea – Taiping Houkui

Growing on the foothills of the Huangshan Mountain, this tea embodies a perfect combination of startling elegance, supreme quality, and excellent flavor. If you are looking for proof that tea is, in fact, an art, don’t go any further. The delicate hand-made leaves of taiping houkui can engage all of your senses, ensuring a highly rewarding tea making experience. The fragrance is chestnutty transmuting to algae and back again throughout the steeping process.

Why we like it?

Taiping Houkui is a perfect choice for tea parties and ceremonies. We host tea-related events on regular basis, and it really helps to have such a visually impressive tea on the table because it can blow away those who are curious about tea and shake up – if not convert – those who feel skeptical. This tea, like no other, can help us feel the connection with the people who grew and processed. It’s very appearance: the delicate flatness, subtle marks left by the cloth against which it was pressed, as well as its bright green color and refreshing fragrance transpire every bit of effort that went into making it look and taste so well.

Roman’s personal score: 95/100
Miha’s personal score: 88/100

The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.

General steeping suggestions

Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.

The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.

Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.

Gongfu steeping suggestions for taiping houkui

Start with this, then experiment:

  • one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
  • water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
  • time: 30-60 seconds
  • number of infusions: 5-6
  • discard the first brew

Start with 30- second infusions; then increase steeping time gradually. By all means avoid using boiling water.

Taiping houkui

Have you tried this tea? Do you have any comments? Please use the space below to share your thoughts and ask us questions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.stajnko.9 Jan Stajnko

    I think that every single real green tea lover should try this beast at least once in a lifetime. Why? Amazing taste, but more importantly, you really feel like you are a part of something special while brewingand drinking.

    Also: be warned not to brew for too long, this tea really doesn’t allow any mistakes in the procedure.

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