Welcome to Tai Ping Hou Hui.
This is certainly a champagne of teas, produced from a large camelia sinensis leaf found only in the Anhui Province of China. This tea is also know as 'Two Knives and One Pole' due to the way the leaves grown in strong, straight lines either side of the stem (not a tea to be messed with).
I discovered this one whilst browsing the most amazing treasure trove of a tea shop in Winchester, and where I spent far too much in far too short a time. Seriously, with that much choice what is a girl to do..?!
Well, I chose this one alongside a particularly delicious sounding ginseng coated oolong (post coming soon...), and have been happily tucking into each for the last couple of weeks. I am no connoisseur of teas, so this is my humble opinion as always, but if you're going to spend time drinking tea, I urge you to invest in a decent set of leaves and a strainer, as you'll find the whole experience that little bit more rewarding.
This particular leaf is a green tea, although the taste and brew is more of a white tea to me. It's extremely delicate, you don't get that bite at the back of your tongue, and won't be left with that thirsty taste in your mouth that you can get with some teas. Its smooth taste goes with that pale colour and is so palatable you could gulp.
The good news is that if you do, you can steep the leaves a good few times to get the most out of your pot. The larger the leaves, the better quality the brew due to the limited surface area.
Don't let the name put you off. Go forth and arm yourself with some knives and a teapot and have yourself a Tai Ping Hou Hui party, and if you do, let me know how you get on!
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