Great Green Monkey King (Tai Ping Hou Kui)

Delightfully sweet, very floral, deep flavor, orchid aroma.

Perhaps no other tea more aptly embodies the artistry of China's finest teas than the than the famous Tai Ping Hou Kui (TPHK). Impressive in size, unusual in its bluish-green color, offering clean, refreshing flavors and a sweet floral taste. TPHK grows in the lush, water-rich Huang Shan Mountains of Anhui Province. The highest grades of TPHK are handmade, pressed by hand in small lot quantities.

Lot Notes
Lot is a Yu Qian pick, harvested April 15th - "before the rain". Our TPHK is organic as the farm is in the final year of finalizing its certification. This lot is a first-grade leaf. Plucking standard for this lot is one bud and 3 leaves, with an approximate 5-centimeter stem. As this was the farm's first pick of the season, we tasted it and found very floral, sweet and deep tastes.

Tea Facts
Our lot is handmade and processed using a contemporary version of Nie-Jian processing. TPHK undergoes Sha Qing, a process done by hand firing in a pan at a temperature of 75 -80 degrees F to prepare it for pressing into its classic flat shape.  Harvest period begins in mid-April and lasts about 20 days. The pluck is done in the morning before the sun shines on the bushes. Leaf is preferably delivered to the factory slightly wet.

Tasting Notes
TPHK is famous for its clean, refreshing and offers a delightfully sweet, very floral taste with a deep flavor. While delicate, it offers a full taste, a wonderful version of green tea flavors. Note the faint flavor of orchids in the finish.

Brewing Instructions
As the leaves are long, it is difficult to measure your leaf quantity by traditional methods such as teaspoon. Best if it can be weighed on a scale. In any event, 3-4 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 185-195 F, steep for two minutes, will yield a straw-colored liquor, a range of flavors and multiple steeps.


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  • 5
    Purple Monkey King

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Jul 2019

    Great Purple Monkey King is the best monkey king i have ever had.

    I have many purples from yunnan but none from anywhere else until now.

    This purple is even better being that it is from the floral province of anhui.

  • 5
    great green monkey king

    Posted by robert logan on 7th Jun 2019

    Love this tea. Every bit as good as premium dragonwell.