Tai Ping Hou Kui 2015
This unusual and refreshing Chinese green tea opens gracefully in your tea pot as its flavors are freed by the warm water, creating a thirst quenching, comforting cup of tea with buttery, floral notes. The largest leaf of all China’s green teas, this tea could be called the “slow food tea” of China, since each pluck is flattened between mesh screens and endures a long baking process before processing is finished. We named this tea Harriet, in honor of Harriet Tubman, spy, cook and nurse for the Union Army, campaigner for woman’s rights, and beacon of hope for the many slaves she personally rescued.
Tea Sommelier's Notes
In the mood: This tea is in no hurry and neither should you be. Pair this with a book of poetry, sit in a comfy chair. Munch on favorite nibbles as you watch the mesmerizing dance in your brew vessel.
In the know: This unique green varietal comes from a remote Chinese village which is only accessible by boat. The village is at the southern end of the Huangshan Mountains, and boasts a superior ecological environment.
In the brewing vessel: 3 grams (This is approximately 25 or so single leaves, but it is best weighed due to varying sizes of the leaves)/ 8 oz. water(240ml)/ Temperature 160-175 F(71-85 C): Crab Eyes (Please see “Five Stages of Bringing Water to a Boil.”)/ Steep 1 – 4 minutes (different times result in stunning differences in taste). Up to three infusions possible. Heartily recommend adding water slowly to a clear (glass) vessel for steeping in order to enjoy the “Phoenix Dance” as the leaves open.