Cha Wang (Tea King) is our highest grade Tai Ping Hou Kui tea, where only the finest and perfectly crafted tea leaves are selected. This tea has won many awards, the most recent being the "King of Tea" award in China Tea Exhibition 2004. Our Cha Wang Tai Ping Hou Kui is from Hou Keng village, located at the foothill of Tai Ping county. In the same way that Xihu area is known to produce the best Long Jing, Hou Keng village is where the highest grade of Hou Kui is produced.
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The taste is wonderfully complex. It has a smooth mouthfeel, taste nutty at first sip and the sweetness of this tea slowly reveals itself as you continue to drink it. The liquor also has a lingering, sweet aftertaste with a hint of flowery overtones.
The tea leaves are fully hand-crafted and truly a sensational work of art. They are huge, flat and have criss-cross pattern on them. The reddish color on the stem (one of the known characteristic of this tea) is also very apparent on our Cha Wang Tai Ping Hou Kui tea leaves. Only similar size tea leaves are selected and then perfectly crafted until they can easily stack on top of one another.
Hou Keng Village (Tai Ping County), An Hui Province
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui, also called as Tea King Tai Ping Hou Kui, is purely handmade green tea. Tea King means it is the king of Tai Ping Hou Kui tea, which is of the highest grade as national tea. It is a Chinese tea from Hou Keng in Huangshan Mountain in Anhui Province.
Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui has brisk and smooth taste with sweet aftertaste. The long-lasting mellow flavor will leave a faint fragrance lingering in your mouth. The tea is made in the shape of two pieces of leaf holding one bud.
The unique flavor of Nonpareil Tai Ping Hou Kui is inseparable from its particular traditional making method. The method has five procedures: picking, extracting, spreading, fixation, drying. This special crafting method gives Tai Ping Hou Kui the unique appearance from other green teas. This tea has flat and straight leaf, also big and thick. The bud is hidden in two leaves. It could not be seen without brewing the tea. After brewed, the tea leaves will stretch and reveal the bud.
The dark green color of Tai Ping Hou Kui: high quality Tai Ping Hou Kui has dark green or forest green leaves, without any yellowish or brownish marks.
Why Tai Ping Hou Kui tea leaf is flat: during the making of Tai Ping Hou Kui, the tea maker will gently and repeatedly press the tea leaves with their hands, making the leaves into flat shape. Due to the unique flat and straight shape, Tai Ping Hou Kui is recommended to be brewed with glass cup.
Recommended brewing method: use glass cup to brew 10-15 pieces of leaves, steep for 1-3 minutes.