Tai Pin Hou Kui

2020-04-27 15:32:48 - About Tea

Tai Pin Hou Kui
  
Brewing of Tai Ping Hou Kui

This is the 2020 crop hand crafted Houkeng Tai Ping Hou Kui, just come up in this week. Tai Ping Hou Kui is the special Chinese famous green tea which needs long tender tea shoot to make. So it is not so early as the other bud, or one bud one leaf... teas. Though the tea shoot is long, it is very tender. The special cultivar (Tuzhong Shi Da Cha) planted in Huangshan of Anhui ensures the super quality character of this tea. Houkeng is the original place of Tai Ping Hou Kui. It is located in the deep mountain of Huangshan. Here it has dense forestry covering and the tea gardens is scattering in the mountains and valleys. The soil is very rocky, which supply rich mineral to the tea growing. (Rich mineral content make the deep aftertaste of tea). The tea is processed by the most experienced team in the Hou Keng village. Most of them of elder women. And they have been working together for 20-30 years! The mature hand craft teamwork makes their produce the most outstanding quality in the village. This is the one made by this year early plucking. The tea has a lot of white hair, though big tea body. The flavor is charming orchid like floral (兰韵 Lan Yun), and tender fresh. The taste is mild mellow, and gives deep aftertaste!

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The tea garden in small pieces scatters in the deep forestry

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The tea garden in small pieces scatters in the deep forestry

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This is the special local Tuzhong Shi Da Cha, which is the best tea cultivar to process Tai Ping Hou Kui. It is featured by tenderness of long shoot.

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Also some tea trees grow in the valley of the mountain.

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The soil of this tea garden is very rocky.

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The soil of this tea garden is very rocky.

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It is in the middle of April. Good timing to harvest Tai Ping Hou Kui.

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It is in the middle of April. Good timing to harvest Tai Ping Hou Kui.

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An old wooden Pavilion, for the tea pluckers taking a rest and put aside their teas.

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Tender one bud three leaves with long shoot is ideal material to process Tai Ping Hou Kui.

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The fresh leaf are put on the bamboo plate for withering. (The withering extent of green tea is not so high as black tea )

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After frying, the tea is all shaped by hand. This is called as Nie Jian (捏尖 make tip) in Huangshan local dialect.

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Nie Jian is th most special and critical processing of hand made Tai Ping Hou Kui.

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The straight and bamoo leaf like shape is made

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The tea is compressed by a mode.The force of compression has to be controlled by hand. (It can not be tightly compressed. Otherwise the leaf will become too thin to look elegantly)

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The leaf is well compressed

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After compresssion, the tea will be roased by charcoal heat. And then the tea is collected for final drying by charcoal once again.

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After compresssion, the tea will be roasted by charcoal heat. And then the tea is collected for final drying by charcoal once again.

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The tea is well arranged before the final drying

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This is the special and traditional wooden roasting box in Houkeng. Charcoal in buring inside to offer the heat of roasting. (No any smoke is allowed in the wooden box)

2020 hand crafted houkeng tai ping hou kui

This is the 2020 new crop hand crafted Tai Ping Hou Kui, very excellent quality!

Fake Tai Ping Hou Kui

As a comparison, this is not Tai Ping Hou Hui. It is made in other regions of Huangshan, outside Tai Ping. This 'Hou Kui' is called as Bu Jian by local people. It is made by machine, and the leaf is compressed to be as thin as paper.Its price is much lower than real Tai Ping Hou Kui.

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