REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Tai Ping Hou Kui (2014)


Tea: Green tea from Anhui province, China
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Twitter: @Nothingbuttea
Link to Tai Ping Hou Kui

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of long, broad, flattened whole leaves that are one to one and half inches long

– It has a pronounced sweet aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a very pale green liquor that has a sweet, nutty aroma

– It is a medium-bodied that has a thick mouthfeel. The flavour of the liquor is a complex combination of nutty (body) and sweet (finish) flavours. The aftertaste of this tea is phenomenal.  It lingered in my mouth for 30 minutes after drinking a cup


– Infuse this tea with 80C water for two to three minutes. You will need to see how strong you like to make it, but using four to five leaves per 250ml cup is perhaps somewhere to start. Infuse this tea three to four times. Increase infusion time 30 seconds with each steeping

– This is a tea that you really need to admire for its dry leaf appearance, sweet-nutty aroma and flavour, and its long-lasting aftertaste. It has many characteristics that remind me of a Dragon Well. I think this tea, however, is more refined and interesting than most Dragon Wells that I’ve tried. I could yammer on all day about the lingering aftertaste of this tea, but it is something that you should try for yourself



Retail price: 10 grams for £2.15 / 100 grams for £14.65 / 250 grams for £34.79


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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