Tai Ping Hou Kui -Wong Quay Chen (Old Man Monkey)
Legend has it that monkeys were destroying a village so the villagers got together and moved the monkeys away. One monkey remained and an old man felt bad for that monkey so he took care of him and in exchange the monkey harvested these rare and wild leaves for the old man. Today they are still hand crafted not machine pressed or processed.
Also they are only spring harvested and crafted by hand which is seen on the fold of the leaf. Most commercial Tai Pong Hou Kui shows large imprints from a machine compacting and processing the leaf. This is 100% hand crafted and stored at very cool temperatures to preserve its freshness. **This is the largest and longest produced green tea leaf. Larger than any other Tai Ping Hou Kui that is in the market place. Smaller harvests generally denotes a Fall harvest.
This tea benefits from 5 grams per serving. To serve place the leaves in a tee-pee shape in a tall glass or teapot. Pour a small amount of hot water to create a gentle steam from 190 F at the bottom of the glass. This allows the leaves to open more fully. Then completely fill the glass with the remaining water.
This is also the tea that Nixon was given on his trip to China when China began to open it’s doors to the world.
The tea is light and refreshing with a slight floral finish. If you would like to try a sample Art of Tea is offering samples of their limited stock and we suggest that you ask for a sample in the comment section of the checkout with your order at www.artoftea.com. Just let us know your comments on the blog when you get the samples. Look forward to sharing this wonderful tea with you!