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Tai Ping Hou Kui literally means "peaceful monkey leader" and is grown at the foothill of Huangshan in the Anhui province. Its breathtaking elegantly long emerald leaves are hand-pressed, bringing forth a dry aroma of un-roasted chestnuts and light fruitiness. The liquor is light-bodied and delicate with nuances of nut, a touch of sweet grass, lily-of -the valley floral, and a whispery apricot note. The delicate floral and apricot notes linger nicely on the palate.
This tea contains a moderate level of caffeine | Steep at 170° for 2-3 minutes.
Originating in the Anhui Province, Tai Ping Hou Kui began being produced at the beginning of the 10th century. Renown for it "two knives and one pole" plucking (two straight leaves clasping the large bud with white hairs), the leaves are emerald green in appearance with notable red veins beneath and can be up to six inches in length.
The characteristic woven pattern and intricate crisscrossing on the dry leaves are due to the unique process used to create them. After the pan firing, two leaves and a single bud are flatten between layers of cloth in a bamboo basket for another firing before being laid out to cool. Orchids also grow wild among the tea plants, which is believed to be the source of the intoxicating fragrance.
It is said that the spirit of a monkey resides in this tea growing region and that the compassion of a tea farmer shown to the monkey was repaid with wonderful and unique tea. Or perhaps it is the remarkable growth and processing techniques. Either way, the final product is a tea which is classified as a Tribute Tea in China and enjoyed around the world.