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Hou Keng just for a handful of lucky tea lovers!

21 June 2017

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We have recently received a small amount of a most intriguing Chinese tea! This premium issue of the famous Taiping Hou Kui (read the article) will definitely impress you with its immense leaves, each transformed with such great care.

For several years, we have been offering tea from the Sanhe village, located on the river bank leading to the impressive Taiping reservoir. This year, we are also offering a tea that is cultivated in a secluded area nearby, deep in the surrounding mountains in the village of Hou Keng. This steep, rocky and well-drained soil, covered by thick forest enjoys an interesting micro climate. The terrain shelters these modest plantations where this unique tea has been grown since the end of the 19th Century. Ideal for cultivating tea, this area is protected, and similarly to Long Jing, it is a restricted terroir that cannot be expanded.

Choose the perfect occasion to savour this tea its fascinating flavour profile, richness and depth.

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To prepare this Taiping Hou Kui, simply put 10 to 15 leaves per cup in a glass.  Adjust the number of leaves according to their size, then pour hot water. For each following service, add water to the infusion without removing the leaves. This will help the liquor to stay balanced, and not become too full-bodied as it will preserve its rich aromatics. This free infusion method allows you deep access the flavours of this style of tea. (See article about Chinese glass tasting).

Taiping Hou Kui typically has a light, vegetal, supple and thirst-quenching liqueur, enhanced by notes of exotic orchid fruits (slightly acid). Its dynamism is underlined by a steady evolution of sensations and flavors crowned by a mouthfeel effect: ‘like a gentle and soothing massage’!

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The Taiping Hou Kui Hou Keng, similar to these characteristics, has an even more textured and silky liquor. The balance of flavours is remarkable and is without the hint of acidity and tannic edge sometimes found in its ‘cousin’ with additional delicate notes of hazelnuts and coffee beans harmonized with green vegetables and flowers.

A great gift for anyone, especially yourself, to be savoured with loved ones. Subtle and vitalizing – with a lingering persistence that never seems to end….. Cheers!

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