HU-KWA Tea - 4 oz. Tin
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This size of Hu-Kwa Tea is packed in a small, hinged lid, gold 4 oz. tea tin adorned with a black, gold and red label.
Product description and brewing instructions are printed on the back label.
In order to enjoy the unique flavor of your HU-KWA Tea, we recommend brewing using the instructions perfected by Mr. Wendell! Firstly, bring cold, filtered water to a rolling boil (205-212° F). Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves. Allow your HU-KWA Tea to steep for 5-5 ½ minutes.
Stir, and let the tea settle for about one-half minute. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. HU-KWA Tea is best appreciated when drunk clear. Milk or too much sugar compromises its delicate flavor. A little cream goes well but sugar should be used sparingly.
How Much Tea Do I Need?
1 pound of loose leaf tea will make approximately 160 cups of brewed tea
8 ounces of loose leaf tea will make approximately 80 cups of brewed tea
4 ounces of loose leaf tea will make approximately 40 cups of brewed tea
When he returned from service in China in World War II, my uncle had become a devotee of fine Chinese teas. His favorite and almost exclusive blend was Lapsang Souchong and I remember clearly the can of Hu-Kwa ever present in his kitchen. He introduced me to it when I was in my teens and I too became a devotee of Hu-Kwa. I think of him whenever I brew the tea and especially when I introduce it to a friend. I continue a tradition of almost 70 years in my family with this magnificent tea.
Hu-Kwa is, like all teas, an individual taste. For folks who like smoky teas, and I do, Hu-Kwa is a classic that I have enjoyed for several decades. It is mellower than most lapsang souchong teas.
HU-KWA. I originally ordered this tea as a "test drive", being curious about the "smoke" flavor described in the item description on the website. I have NEVER enjoyed flavored teas (i.e. Teas flavored with secondary aromas or infusions of fruit or tannin) and have long-enjoyed earthy, natural teas (toasted rice green teas among the favorites).
When my initial order of Hu-Kwa tea arrived, I was taken-aback by the extremely pungent, smoky aroma. The aroma was akin to day-old burned logs, bordering on over-powering. Nonetheless, I brewed my first cup and was ASTONISHED at the outcome. The first sip laid to rest any worry I had - IT WAS AMAZING! As with any lapsang souchong tea, the smoky flavor should serve only to complement the natural earthiness of the tea. This tea not only follows that rubric, it defines it. Before even touching my lips, the aroma permeated my palate, setting up a wonderful first sip.
The first taste of the tea was not unlike any other nice black tea, but very quickly turned in to something else. As the brew rested momentarily on my palate, the (very) light tanins awoke my taste buds with the start of the smoky finish, and as I swallowed I was greatly surprised that the start of the smoky flavor was also, nearly, the end. The pine-aroma was ever-so-light, and finished beautifully, as merely a complement to the medium-bodied, earthy brew.
I enjoy this tea many times a day, and find that the medium to strong body is extremely satisfying. The most difficult part is that a single 8-12oz cup is never enough. Although brewing time is paramount in all tea steeping, this tea becomes tannic VERY quickly, if steeped longer than 5-5:30 minutes. My preference is on the less tannic side, so I always use a timer. I also recommend steeping with a lid, as the aromatic qualities benefit greatly.
Hu-Kwa is my favorite always. It is full of memories as well as flavor. I am addicted. My late husband's family, ancestors, traded with Houqua, and we donated a portrait of the ship in a storm to the Peabody museum some years ago. It was one of 3 portraits of the ship, I think. My father-in-law named a yacht many, many years ago "The Houqua". No longer in the yacht owning stratum of society but I really enjoy the tea! Glad that you continue to provide it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for my order to ship?
We strive to ship orders within 2-3 days of receipt. However, due to the handcrafted nature of our products, combined with inventory limitations, some orders may take longer to ship. If there is a significant delay in shipping your order, we will contact you directly with details.
Are your teas cultivated naturally? Are they Organic?
All our teas are sourced from tea estates, suppliers and importers that we have personally worked with for decades and many for generations! We only purchase teas that have been cultivated naturally, devoid of pesticides and growth agents.
Teas that have the term “Organic” in the products name have gone through additional certification by the country or origin and USFDA. Even though all our products are natural, we are unable to list them as Organic unless they have gone through these steps. Sometimes, this certification can be costly and time consuming for growers. Each country has different regulations, so many sell the teas to us without this extra labeling.
How long does tea stay fresh?
If sealed properly and stored away from extreme hot/cold temps and moisture, tea will stay as flavorful as the day you bought it, even after 18 months.
How long should I brew my tea?
Tea brewing times and water temperature can vary between tea varieties. Please consult this link to find the best method for your tea!