More About Taiping Hou Kui
(Monkey King, 猴魁茶)
Taiping Hou Kui is one of the most interesting green teas from China, as far as we are concerned.
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|Qing Dynasty||A historically famous tea, first made in Qing Dynasty in Anhui Province. It belongs to the rare group of tea, i.e., the sharp-shaped green tea (尖茶 Jian-cha). It is said that the production of sharp-shaped tea (尖茶Jian-cha) bloomed during this dynasty. Taiping County, at that time, was one of the main producing areas and had a tea trading center in it. People would produce Jian-cha with leaves in various size and containing a lot of old leaves.|
|Later||Later on, some people started to select the dried leaves which contain only one bud with 1-2 leaves from the finished product and then sold it. This selected tea was appreciated and sold at a higher price. This inspired a farmer named Wang Kui-Cheng (王魁成) to begin producing the tea only using fresh leaves which contain one bud with 1-2 leaves rather than selecting the dried leaves afterwards. His tea was highly praised and in demand. His tea was of best quality (in Chinese, “1” is 魁首 Kui-shou), his name is Kui-Cheng (魁成), and it was produced at Hou-keng (猴坑) area, so it was named Taiping Hou Kui.|
|1900||Hou Kui tea was brought to the government sponsored agricultural and commercial exhibition at Nanjing (南京); it was highly praised and became a renowned tea in China.|
|1915||Hou Kui tea won the gold prize in the Expo held in Panama.|
|1955||Hou Kui tea was selected as one of the Top Ten Teas in China.|
|1988||At the First China Food Expo, Hou Kui tea won the gold prize.|
|2004||Hou kui tea received the highest honor prize (The King of Tea) at the China International Tea Expo held at Wuhu City of Anhui Province.|
|2007||Presented to Russian President Putin as a national gift by Chinese President Hu Jingtao during his visit to Russia; the tea won Mr. Putin’s great acclaim.|
|Today||Hou Kui Tea continues as one of the most sought-after teas in China and is often presented to foreign dignitaries.|
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Authentic vs. Poor Quality Hou Kui Tea
|Factor||Authentic Hou Kui||Poor Quality Hou Kui|
|Consistency of dry leaves||
|Cleanliness of dry leaves||
|Liquid aroma and flavor||
|Leaves after infusing||
See also: The Tea Provinces of China
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