A Tea A Day - Taiping Houkui 太平猴魁

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The Taiping Houkui is a China historical tea, it was produced as early as the Qing Dynasty at Anhui Province. It belongs to the rare group of green tea. Its name refers to its shape: the pointed shape at the sides, the top and the end.
 
太平猴魁属绿茶类的尖茶,被誉为中国的“尖茶之冠”。猴魁尖茶的外形奇特,特点是叶芽挺直肥实,两头尖而不翘,不弯曲、不松散。太平猴魁滋味鲜爽醇厚,回味甘甜,泡茶时即使放茶过量,也不苦不涩。
 
太平猴魁始创于1900年,至今已有一百多年的历史。产于黄山区(原太平县)新明乡猴坑一带的猴村、猴岗、颜家三合村。传说“猴魁”原本是野生茶,产于黄山东北山麓六百里的山高耸云天,后来飞鸟衔来茶籽撒播在石缝之中,于是逐渐繁衍生长成林。可是四壁陡峭无人能上,山民就驯养猴子上峰顶采回茶叶,并经手工精制成猴魁。
 
TaiPingHouKui brewing guidelines
Teaware: 350ml glass or ceramic pot
Amount: 4 grams
Water: 80°C boiled mineral water
Infusion: First infusion about 1-2minutes.
The leaves are good for at least 5 serves.

 
“太平猴魁”的色、香、味、形独具一格,有“刀枪云集,龙飞凤舞”的特色。每朵茶都是两叶抱一芽,平扁挺直,不散,不翘,不曲,俗称“两刀一枪”,素有“猴魁两头尖,不散不翘不卷边”之称。叶色苍绿匀润,叶脉绿中隐红,俗称“红丝线”。
 
太平猴魁比一般的地方名茶更耐泡,三泡四泡幽香犹存,一般都具有兰花香。此外,太平猴魁滋味鲜爽醇厚,回味甘甜,泡茶时即使放茶过量,也不苦不涩。不精茶者饮用时常感清淡无味,有人形容为甘香如兰,幽而不冽,啜之淡然,似乎无味。
 
A fabulous tasting green tea from Anhui. With uniquely shaped large flat leaves, TaiPing HouKui is quite different from other green teas and is thought of as one of China's top ten teas. Our tea comes from the village of HouKeng, where the tea was first developed.

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- tea leaves - water
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