2018 Nantou Gui Fei Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Apple, Bread, Floral, Grapes, Honey, Raisins, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Wood
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “When I was browsing this vendor’s website around Christmas 2018, it had three bug-bitten teas. Naturally, they all ended up in my cart. After Bai Hao, I love Gui Fei, and it’s usually a lot...” Read full tasting note
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The Gui Fei you received comes from garden near Lugu Village and it is made 100% in traditional taiwanese Gui Fei style, also free from any pesticides. Gui Fei is notable as it requires the leaf to be bitten by jassids just like Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao Oolong) The tea plant responds by releasing more polyphenols into the leaves, resulting in flowery and honey like flavours.

This particular Gui Fei is exceptionally clean and balanced. We can say elegant. Oxidation of those tightly rolled leaves is quite high but roasting very gentle. When you taste this tea first two infusions are so soft and yellow but each next will be darker and more interesting. The tea is full of fresh honey-like notes enriched by ripe fruits flavours and something between malt, raisins and wood. It’s like a mix of Oriental Beauty with Mr. Zhang Dong Ding Hong Cha. Charming tea – good for at least 7-8 infusions.

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When I was browsing this vendor’s website around Christmas 2018, it had three bug-bitten teas. Naturally, they all ended up in my cart. After Bai Hao, I love Gui Fei, and it’s usually a lot friendlier on the wallet. This one does not disappoint. Following the website’s instructions, I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 212F for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, followed by a couple long, untimed infusions to extract all the flavour.

The dry tea leaves smell like honey, raisins, and flowers. The first steep has soft honey florals with raisins and a little stewed fruit, but is a bit watery. (Note to self: Fifteen seconds is too short.) The second steep is a bit more intensely fruity, with hints of grapes and baked apple. The next couple steeps get even more intense; tangy stewed fruit, baked bread, and particularly honey are the dominant flavours. Despite being brewed with boiling water, this Gui Fei isn’t astringent, as many others seem to be.

In the next few steeps, the liquor evens out into a gentle honey nectar. There are still baked bread and stewed fruit notes, but they’re secondary. Even the final few rounds are sweet and not vegetal or astringent, though some woodiness and dryness sneak in.

This is basically my ideal Gui Fei. It’s sweet, decadent, and undemanding, with all of the flavours I like and no off notes. Bug-bitten tea aficionados may find it a little predictable, but then again, that’s not always a bad thing.

Flavors: Apple, Bread, Floral, Grapes, Honey, Raisins, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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