Tai Ping Hou Kui is a kind of Chinese green tea and is one of historical famous Chinese tea, produced in Tai Ping County of Huangshan City, Anhui Province. Hou means “monkey” and Kui means “first” or “best”.
Tai Ping Hou Kui is a national geographical indication product of China. It is a specialty of Anhui Province.
1. History of Tai Ping Hou Kui
In 1859, a tea farmer in Tai Ping County cultivated a tea garden. After careful production, he produced a flat, straight and fresh tea with orchid fragrance, named “Tai Ping Jian Cha”, which is the predecessor of Tai Ping Hou Kui.
A few years later, in order to improve the quality of the tea, a tea farmer named Wang Kui Cheng began to refine it. He had rich experience in tea production, especially in tea processing.
When he picked the tea, he selected the fat, strong and the same size buds and leaves. After many meticulous processes, the finished tea has good appearance and high quality.
Because the tea has the best quality in the local area and the name of the tea farmer contains the character “Kui” and he lived in a place called Hou Gang in Tai Ping County, the tea was named Tai Ping Hou Kui.
In 1915, Tai Ping Hou Kui participated in the Panama World Expo held in San Francisco and won the first-class gold medal for its unique quality. Since then, Tai Ping Hou Kui has gone abroad. Therefore, 1915 is generally considered as the founding year of Tai Ping Hou Kui.
In 1972, when President Nixon of the United States visited China, the Chinese government gave him a package of Tai Ping Hou Kui as a gift, which made Tai Ping Hou Kui more famous.
Combined with the above two factors, there is a saying that “Tai Ping Hou Kui 1915 National Gift Tea”. So many packages of Tai Ping Hou Kui will show “Tai Ping Hou Kui 1915” that mainly commemorates the founding year of Tai Ping Hou Kui.
The price of the real “Tai Ping Hou Kui 1915 National Gift Tea” is as high as 5000 dollars per 500g. The ordinary Tai Ping Hou Kui is tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars per 500g.
In 2003, Tai Ping Hou Kui obtained the national product protection mark of origin and geographical indication.
2. Characteristics of Tai Ping Hou Kui
Tai Ping Hou Kui has the reputation of “Tai Ping Hou Kui has two tips, no scattering, no warping, and no curling”.
The shape of dried Tai Ping Hou Kui is flat, straight and long and its ends are pointed; the color of it is green or green-brown and the leaf veins are red-brown commonly known as “red silk thread”.
After brewing, the buds and leaves unfold slowly, forming a flower, two leaves holding one bud. It smells like orchid and the fragrance is long-lasting. Tai Ping Hou Kui tastes fresh, mellow and has a sweet aftertaste. It is not bitter or astringent if it is put too much.
According to the quality of Tai Ping Hou Kui, it can be classified into five grades: top grade, super grade, first grade, second grade, and third grade. The higher the grade, the more beautiful the appearance, the stronger the fragrance, and the higher the quality.
3. Health benefits of Tai Ping Hou Kui
Tai Ping Hou Kui tea is a traditional Chinese natural health drink. It contains more than 500 chemical components, including tea polyphenols, proteins, amino acids, sugars, vitamins, lipids, as well as 28 inorganic nutrients such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, copper, etc. These nutrient substances have many pharmacological effects.
Here are the main benefits of Tai Ping Hou Kui:
- Weight loss
- Refreshing brain
- Beautifying and skincare
- Inhibiting cardiovascular disease
- Reducing blood sugar and blood lipid
4. How to brew Tai Ping Hou Kui
- Tea sets: glass cup. In this way, you can enjoy the process of tea stretching in the water during the brewing process.
- The ratio of tea leaves to water: 1:50. 3g of dried Tai Ping Hou Kui need 150ml of water.
- The temperature of the water: 85℃-90℃.
Don’t add too much water when brewing Tai Ping Hou Kui for the first time; just add half of the water. When the tea buds and leaves slowly stretch out, add the second water.