Taiping Hou Kui (Peaceful Monkey King)
This tea is considered one of the ten most famous Chinese teas. The enormous leaves come from a tea cultivar named Shi Da Cha, and they yield a fresh greens flavor.
Tea Type or Tisane | Flavors: Green | watercress, snow pea pods
Tea Tips: When steeping this tea, we recommend using a tall glass. This gives the large leaves the vertical room they need to release their flavors. After finishing the first steeping, continue adding more hot water until the flavor fades.
Ingredients: China, Anhui Province, Taiping green tea
How to Steep: 2–2.5 gm of tea, 8 oz water, 175 °F, 3–4 min
Fun Fact: Taiping is the name of a town in Anhui Province. Hou means monkey, and kui means king. Chinese legend suggests the Peaceful Monkey King was killed by a group of warring monkeys. In honor of the king, a sympathetic tea farmer buried the monkey in the tea garden. According to Chinese tea mythology, tea plants with enormous leaves grow in spring where the Monkey King was buried.
Similar Teas: Spring Buds, Green Needles, Kukicha