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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
110 tasting notes

1 1/2 tsp in 12oz

Very enjoyable. I have figured out how I feel about this tea. It is really amazing. Very much right in the middle of the spectrum between green and black. Completely non-astringent when brewed properly. (I realized that the thermometer I had been using until recently was under-reporting the temp by 10-15 degrees, yikes.) It is silky and naturally sweet with a hint of a floral essence. When I compare it to a couple of Bai Hao’s I’ve tried, it is very similar though perhaps more floral where the Bai Hao’s tend to have more of a honey-like sweetness.

I really like this tea, but it is similar enough to a Bai Hao (which I prefer slightly) that I probably won’t make this one a cupboard staple.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

I just put in an order with this company for a bunch of the stuff on the first page of high ratings, should be interesting.

Rachel J

You are in for a treat! Their teas are amazing. Too bad they are out of the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. That is the best in my opinion.

Doug F

Oolongs are kind of my tea blind spot, but you’re persuading me that I have to do a little investigating.

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El Monstro

I just put in an order with this company for a bunch of the stuff on the first page of high ratings, should be interesting.

Rachel J

You are in for a treat! Their teas are amazing. Too bad they are out of the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. That is the best in my opinion.

Doug F

Oolongs are kind of my tea blind spot, but you’re persuading me that I have to do a little investigating.

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