Travel to the foothills of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) with each smooth sip of Monkey King tea. Perpetually draped in misty clouds, the mountains of southern Anhui province are ideal for tea growing. Buds and young leaves are hand plucked from the hillsides, then pan-fired, pressed flat between layers of cloth in a bamboo basket, and spread to cool. This process is repeated several times before the leaf is gently roasted in a bamboo basket over a charcoal fire to finish. The pressing cloth imprints the leaves in an intricate crisscrossing pattern.
Houkui Tea Varietal
Taiping “Hou,” monkey, “Kui,” chief, or the best, ranks among China’s ten most famous teas. Its name is commonly translated as “Monkey King” and refers to the tea’s origins. In the early 1900’s, a tea grower named Kui Cheng made improvements to a common Taiping county tea varietal called Jian Cha. In his honor, the new varietal was named “Kui Jian.” Because the best Kui Jian tea was from the village of Hou Keng, “Monkey Hollow,” in Taiping county, people began referring to the tea as “Taiping Houkui.” Though originating in Taiping County, it is now grown in several areas around Huangshan.
Sold in individual 1 oz. packs.
Flavor Profile: Smooth, mineral texture and warm hay aroma. Softly sweet with notes of clover, lime zest, and corn silk.
Ingredients: Green Tea Leaves.