Thursday, December 26, 2013
Meet the Tea: Tai Ping Hou Kui
The name is most often translated as peaceful monkey leader. You might ask yourself, what does that have to do with tea? A local legend holds that the monkey king fell ill and died after losing his son. A farmer discovered his body and carefully buried it. Tea trees grew from this spot the next year and the farmer harvested the leaves, making them into the distinctive blade-like shape.
So far I have tried this tea from Peony Tea Shop, Teavivre and Bellocq. All of them have been absolutely exquisite. I suggest using a glass brewing vessel because they are quite beautiful to watch. The taller it is, the better you'll be able to view them. 175 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes seems to be the average but you should generally stick to the recommendations of the retailer you are purchasing from.