Friday, June 23, 2006

A Relaxing Evening With The Monkey King

When the mind needs rest from all those oolong and pu-erh contemplations, I go green. One of my favorites after the Dragon Well tea is the Tai Ping Hou Kui [太平猴魁], a.k.a. Tai Ping1 Monkey King.

Fresh green, buttery, floral/orchid/white flowers, sweet, refreshing, energizing and light, if brewed properly. This tea, as most green teas are, is delicate and sensitive to brewing parameters. For this particular type, I usually use a gaiwan, 75'C spring water, flash rinse, then 30-45s, 45s, 1m, 1.5m. Mmmmmm...

1Tai Ping county in Anhui province, China, is the appellation of origin for this tea

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