Today I am reviewing a 2021 Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea from Yunnan Sourcing.
Brand: Yunnan Sourcing
Harvest: April, 2021
Location: Hou Gang village, Anhui, China
Elevation: 300 Meters
Tea Varietal: Shi Da Cha
These are some beautiful Tai Ping Hou Kui tea leaves which certainly leave an impression upon the eyes.
They are long, with a lot of white tea fuzz and rehydrate almost instantly upon contact with water.
If you’re looking to impress a guest, then this would be a lovely tea to present to them.
Anyways, I decided to brew this gongfu style using 4 grams of leaf material.
Brewed for about 30 seconds.
This tastes extremely green, with a lot of umami and a bit of sweetness.
Notes of vegetation, cut grass, umami, fresh bamboo, and orchids, with a general sweetness.
It certainly tastes a bit grassy, but it’s more reminiscent of spring dew and the tea has a bit of a cooling effect. Very refreshing on the palette.
A lingering taste on the tongue, without much of the astringency which green tea is often known for.
This tea is so fresh tasting that it makes my mouth salivate.
It is now almost reminding me of walking through a garden of flowers.
A mild nut flavor has developed as well, but it doesn’t seem to be the main focus.
While some of the other notes move to the back, the floral notes become the center of attention.
The third steep has a very similar flavor, but maybe just a little weaker in taste.
A beautiful tea with a lovely flavor that I am sure most green tea drinkers would enjoy.
It makes for an excellent presentation, and it has a very refreshing taste, perfect for summer.
Sadly, Tai Ping Hou Kui is not the cheapest green tea available on the market, as it is a famous tea with strict processing requirements. This has led to some other regions of China processing fake Tai Ping Hou Kui tea. So, if you are buying Tai Ping Hou Kui tea, it is important that you purchase it from a reputable vendor, and if you want the real deal, make sure it is from Anhui county.
If you haven’t tried Tai Ping Hou Kui tea before, then Yunnan Sourcing (the company who I received this tea from) is a decent source. The quality, in my opinion, is probably an 8/10 when compared to other Tai Ping Hou Kui tea I have tried in the past.