This exceptional tea is the result of extensive know-how and outstanding work. Its leaves have been hand-rolled then placed one by one in a frame covered with a cloth to which a small roller is applied to flatten them.
This fantastic, aromatically rich green tea neatly balances floral and fruity fragrances with vegetal and mineral notes.
In order to bring out all the aromatic complexity of this tea, we recommend multiple infusions using the traditional Chinese Gong Fu Cha method.
To go further:
This very famous tea, often mentioned in the works of the poets, is produced in the Tai Ping region, in the south of the Huang Shan mountains (Anhui province). There are many legends surrounding it. According to one of these, the slopes on which the tea trees from which it originates were planted, were far too steep for people to work on, so the locals trained monkeys to climb the trees and pick the leaves, the best of which were then made into tea. This explains the name, which means, ‘the best monkeys of Tai Ping’. Another legend links this name with the Taiping Rebellion, a tragic episode in Chinese history in the 1850s which ended in a bloody repression.
A special feature of Tai Ping Hou Kui occurs during infusion, when the veins in the leaves turn bright red. This particular legend therefore also claims that the name is a poetic tribute to the blood spilled by the rebels.The uniqueness of this tea comes from the very special shape of its leaf: a stem of a deep, intense green, comprising a bud and two flattened leaves. During infusion, it opens out to resemble a flower floating on the surface of the gaiwan. With justification, Tai Ping Hou Kui derives its reputation from the flowery note that can resemble the scent of orchids.
This fantastic, aromatically rich green tea neatly balances floral and fruity fragrances with vegetal and gourmet notes.
- Anhui, China
- Tea colour:
- green tea
Appearance: branches of two leaves and one bud, folded and flattened
Colour: blend of dark green and light pale green
Fragrances: fresh vegetal, fruity, iodised
Fragrances: bouquet, vegetal
Colour: very pale yellow green
Fragrances: floral, mineral, iodised hint, vegetal, almond milk
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4' minutes in water heated to 75°C.
With the Gong Fu Cha (teapot/Gaiwan): infusions during 30-40 secondes.
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.