Tai Ping Hou Kwei

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This fine green tea is from the Monkey Ditch region of Huan Shan in China’s Anhui province. The enormous, pressed tea leaves are picked in the early spring and produce a fresh, aromatic brew that is at once smoky and sweet. This rare tea find is deemed to be so special in its native country that the Chinese people declared it a National Treasure Tea in 1982

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The dark green dried leaves have a waffle texture from being pressed with cloth during processing. This makes me happy every time I open the bag. It’s probably a strange thing to like about a tea, but a pretty tea is a great start.

I brewed this in my Chinese teacup with a porcelain strainer since the leaves are so large. What tea dust and little bits are in there also won’t make it bitter if they overbrew. The brewed tea has a lovely yellow green color. It’s smooth, mellow, and a little toasty. I miss the slight bitterness and strong flavor of Japanese greens, but this is good for a calm night of multiple steepings. I think this isn’t too caffeinated as well.

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