The leaves are really long so it was kind of a challenge to figure out how much to use. Steeping the tea kinda reminded me of cooking spaghetti. It has a moderately deep vegetal flavor and is fairly astringent. Smells sweet.
“The leaves are really long so it was kind of a challenge to figure out how much to use. Steeping the tea kinda reminded me of cooking spaghetti. It has a moderately deep vegetal flavor and is...” Read full tasting note
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad Tai Ping Hou Kui but does this tea live up to the Supreme added onto the name? I think not but still a good brew. First I have to critique Tealyra’s...” Read full tasting note
Tai Ping Hou Kui is one of China’s Ten Famous Teas, grown in Tai Ping County at the foot of Mount Yellow (listed as a World Nature and Culture Heritage area by UNESCO in 1990).
AAA graded, Tai Ping Hou Kui harvests in each Spring on Gu Yu day, the traditional harvesting day for Tai Ping Hou Kui. Only the absolutely highest graded leaves that exceed 15cm in length are picked in uniformly identical sizes, before being bound together with cotton into their signature bundles. Producing a very high-grade end tea with very few broken leaves and good uniformity, the appearance of this Tai Ping Hou Kui is as unmistakable as its taste.
Freshness is the first thing that strikes the drinker of Tai Ping Hou Kui, graduating to a deep yet fine floral flavor with good purity. An elegantly complex sweet aftertaste lingers after sipping, which builds with repeated steeping.
The first steeping reveals the clean, floral aroma, while the second offers a richer and more complex taste palate. Subsequent infusions introduce the delicate, long orchid touch of the tea and floral aftertaste that remains long after finishing the cup.
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I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad Tai Ping Hou Kui but does this tea live up to the Supreme added onto the name? I think not but still a good brew.
First I have to critique Tealyra’s instructions. Use 1 tsp of tea. Really???!! Like how do I get those massive straight leaves in a spoon? They need to revise this and change to weight measurement. Then to steep 2 – 3 min. I think that’s far to long for this tea. I brewed 1 min and even at that time some faint bitterness comes through.
I brewed this in my test tube gaiwan (Love that gaiwan!). 1 min and just eyeballed the amount. It’s fruity- something I always love about this type of tea. A bit vegetal, light sweetness, and a bit of bitterness creeping through. Unless, I need to revise my steeping method, I would say this is not a tea that is “Supreme”. It’s still a nice cup though.
Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Vegetal