The Harriet (Taiping Huo Kui)

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Description

Tai Ping Hou Kui 2015

  • .75 oz. sold exclusively as part of our Copper Collection in a copper tea caddy
  • Catagory: Green
  • Grown China, Anhui Province, Taiping County, Xinming Village 
  • Organically and Biodynamically grown but not certified 
Behind the Name

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

Hailing as far back as the Qing Dynasty when it was a tribute tea, this large leaf green tea took gold at the Panama Pacific Exposition one hundred years ago, and is still earning ovations from those who drink it. This is the largest leaf of all China’s green teas, and 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. The dry leaf measures 9-10 cm long and 1.5cm wide on average and are very flat.  One can notice two very straight leaves surrounding a very large bud with white hair typically. The tea is from the Shi Da Ye Cultivar.

In the cup: Tai ping Huo Kui can best be described as refreshing and thirst quenching. Along with its floral notes and buttery finish, it is a delight to watch as its large leaves languidly open and sway in the cup.


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.