Tai Ping Hou kui

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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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Cheri gave me a generous 9g sample when we swapped. Thank you!! My first Tai Ping Hou Kui, hence no rating.

Brewed grandpa-style in a glass tumbler.

The color of the dry leaf – on which there are dark criss-cross indentations – ranges from army green to olive green. Each leaf super duper long, some reaching more than two inches. The nose has notes of beans, corn, and peas.

The liquor is full-bodied, smooth, and rich in flavor. Let me tell you, this is greenest of the green teas. It just tastes to green. A good green. At first I get crispy kale and asparagus, and then, as the leaf continues to steep, freshly mowed green grass with a creamy sweetness. The aftertaste evokes lightly-steamed sencha.

This is also a visual pleasure. Three grams is A LOT. The leaves crowd the surface of the water so that there is hardly any open space. Now, there’s no space in the bottom of the glass. The lengthier leaves reach for the top as if they were vines in dire need of air.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

I should have this one again. It’s so different.


Makes me want to try ALL the Tia Ping Hou Kui’s :P


Amazing all the hand processing behind this type of leaf.

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Yes, I completely forgot that I said last time I would actually weigh this one before making it.

I just did a bunch of tea, at 180° for 90s.

And I took a picture for Cwyn this time, too. https://www.flickr.com/gp/cheri0627/5696am

So it’s not the most beautiful of the teas that I saw in pictures, when I googled it, but it’s not as bad as some. It’s got whole leaves and buds, but most are broken leaf pieces.

it still tastes good. Light and vegetal, slightly sweet.

I should weigh it next time, and let it steep for longer, but whatever. I liked it this way.


It looks like there are indentations on the leaves.


There are. It has to do with how they’re prepared.



Woooow! Interesting technique. It’s so fascinating how tea producers come up with all these different ways to process green tea.


It is! This one was quite a surprise when I opened it up. (It came in a huge tin.)


Yay thanks for the pic. I’m still seeing quite a few 1 leaf/1bud in the photo. If you have broken off buds it could be just damage from the tin. Hard to know. Sure is pretty tea though, I really liked the taste of the one I tried , the little bit of charcoal roast on it is yummy and can stand up to overheating too.


I have a lot. I could send you some of you’re interested.

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