Gui Fei Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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Apple, Candy, Floral, Honey, Orchids, Dark Bittersweet, Red Apple, Roasted, Citrus Zest, Nectar, Nuts, Sweet, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cacao, Caramel, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Ginger, Flowers, Apple Skins, Toasty
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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 6 g 9 oz / 269 ml

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  • “Accidently brewed this one for over 8 minutes, my bad! However, it doesn’t seem to have suffered! It’s just a toasty oolong, with… wow, a super sweet flavour that reminds me...” Read full tasting note
    kittenna 3013 tasting notes
  • “i needed a break from flavoured teas so i pulled out a couple of oolongs that i’d ordered (willingly) from Stacy. This is the first one. Although it’s a darker oolong it has taste...” Read full tasting note
    Silaena 6591 tasting notes
  • “Good Lord! I am kicking myself for not trying this before now! SERIOUSLY! This oolong is out of this world! I am on steep three and I am sure I could get at least two...” Read full tasting note
    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “2 tsp / 16 oz Really enjoying this today. I swear so many things must impact the way one tastes tea, because every time I drink this, it’s different. Today, I’m enjoying the lightness...” Read full tasting note
    RachelJ 110 tasting notes

From Butiki Teas

Our Gui Fei Oolong was sourced from Lugu Township in Nantou County, Taiwan and is a particularly unique tea. Green leafhoppers are allowed to bite the tea leaves which causes the leaves to begin the healing process which creates the honey notes in this tea and also begins the oxidation process. This tea utilized traditional Dong Ding processing techniques. Gui Fei Oolong has a natural sweetness to it and produces no astringency. Notes of honey, lightly burned toast, raw almonds and apples can be detected.

Ingredients: Taiwanese Oolong Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

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583 tasting notes

This is SO up my alley. It is downright juicy in how fruity and sweet it tastes. I love sweet honey notes in tea. I also love the floral aspect that doesn’t overpower anything. The second steep is less sweet and more toasted, which is also a note I love.

Methinks I’m going to be drinking Butiki only until the teas I have enough of get rehomed into tins. For the sake of not adding to the madness, everything in a small enough size is staying in the bags, out of the cabinet, and first on my to-enjoy list. Gotta make the Butiki love last somehow! :)

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44 tasting notes

This tea is special and amazing. I’m sooooo glad I tried it before I lost my chance. Anyway, this is such a naturally sweet tea. It has a brightness to it while maintaining a strong taste of honey. The tea is still kind of vegetable, which adds a pleasant roundness to the cup.

I brewed this western style, but I’m going to gung fu brew it sometime this week. I’m so excited to try it that way, as it is truly great even brewed western style.

Anyway, I love this tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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What a wonderful little tea to start the day! This is another tea, one of the many, many teas in fact, that we acquired from Butiki tea. The dried leaves are dark, tightly rolled balls. This is another one of those teas in which those little darling leaf-hoppers do their business and chew on the leaves. The tea tree releases polyphenols in order to assist in repair. These compounds are responsible for the unique taste of these teas.

There is a strong ‘oolong’ scent from the dried leaves. It reminds me ever so slightly of the wild mountain black. The mouth feel is silky smooth with an ever so subtle astringent finish. The taste is damn good. There are definitely honey notes. That predominates. It’s almost brown sugary. Slight hints of apple and roasty toastiness, and of course very floral. But not in a ‘your grandmothers potpourri’ kind of way.

I like this tea. I’m four infusions in and the flavours has still not abated. I brewed it, 5 sec rinse, 10, 15, 25, 35. The brewed leaves have an almost acrid artificial smell to them which I dislike, but this is a minor contention and only worth noting in passing.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Floral, Honey, Orchids

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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219 tasting notes

This tea is soo yummy! Even then, I’m sure that I’m not getting the full flavor of it.

I just got my very first yixing vessel, a clay mug (also from Butiki). It’s nothing like I was expecting it to be, but very interesting nonetheless.

Anyways, I’ve done multiple (at least 4) steepings according to directions (1tsp, 4min) and it’s still going strong. The taste hasn’t really developed much, but that might be because of the cup. What I’m getting though is a smooth and sweet oolong. Not green or particularly roasted, but a good medium type brew.

As a grasshopper tea I was expecting much stronger honey notes. Maybe they’ll be stronger when brewing in a normal vessel.

Question though- I’ve decided to dedicate my little cup to oolongs, I drink oolongs the most- would it mess very much with the taste to brew flavored oolongs in it?

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93 tasting notes

Happy (late T_T) New Year, everyone! :D

We had a pretty relaxed New Year’s Day (and NYE, tbf) at home, and as part of it, I brought down my lovely little glass teapot (~200 ml, max) and brewed up some of this wonderful Oolong for my brother and me! He’s really keen to try lots of teas, particularly ‘finer’ teas, and I thought this might be a good one to let him try next.

And, once again, he really enjoyed it (as, of course, did I!). It’s such a marvellous Oolong – it really does have that delicious, apple-y flavour and smell. I got a good five or six infusions out of a fairly generous 2-and-a-bit tsp (and, tbh, I could probably get another tasty one or two out of it).

Plus, we got to drink it out of my lovely new cups from Verdant – they really are rather beautiful.

EDIT: I did indeed get another four good steeps out of it – though the last was a much milder cup, it still carried that lovely red-apple note and a general round, fruity flavour. Lovely!

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972 tasting notes

I’m not sure why I still have a few Butiki teas that I haven’t tried yet, even though I bought them in July. This one is tightly rolled with a surprising amount of stems attached. The color ranges from caramel to dark chocolate, and it pretty much just smells like roasty oolong. I steeped mine for 4 minutes at 185 degrees.

Once the tea is brewed, it still has a fairly strong roasty aroma. It also smells creamy and nutty, with a little bit of fruitiness. This is probably my favorite of the roasted oolongs I’ve tried so far, although I’m not sure the genre is for me. The main flavor is roasty with nutty and sweet undertones. I taste a little bit of fruitiness that reminds me of apples, and there’s a lovely lingering sweet aftertaste, not quite honey but nectar perhaps? Overall, quite tasty. :)

Flavors: Apple, Honey, Nectar, Nuts, Roasted, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1112 tasting notes

Thanks Stacy for a sample of this one. It is really fun to get these samples, especially when they are not something I would have picked out for myself!

So I may have underleafed this one. I know Stacy usually sends exactly one serving in her little sample baggies, but it just really looked like more than 1 tsp to me so I used half. It took forever to steep it enough to get some good strong flavor going but I finally accomplished that. I will use the other half of my sample in my teeny 4oz gaiwan at some later point. Typically heavily oxidized oolongs are not my thing, but this has some impressive fruity and roasty cocoa noted like a fancy black tea might. Very complex and interesting! So glad I got to try it :)

Cameron B.

Yum, sounds wonderful. And isn’t this the one that she was playing around with a caramel apple version? :D


I think it might be! If so I am VERY EXCITED!


I love this one, it’s already fruity and honey like, I’m pretty sure it will make the perfect base for a caramel apple tea :-)

Cameron B.

I have little to no experience with oolongs, but I loved the oxidized oolong I tried recently and I’m fairly confident I would also love the roasted variety. Yummy!

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439 tasting notes

I’m not working right now so I can afford to have oolong Gungfu sessions in the afternoon, yay!

A Steepster member inspired me to drink this and read my book under a blanket, so that’s what I’m doing! I feel a little guilty though… Cause it’s a beautiful day outside…

How come tea wins over sunshine?

Oh, yeah, that’s right…tea wins over everything!!

So I’m having this beautiful tea. It is medium roasted and I have had it many times, just never logged it.

This one is a leaf hopper bitten tea, so you know it will be sweet! Using 7g in my beautiful Butiki Gaiwan.

The third steep is really the one that starts to give. That’s when the leaves start to unfurl. The difference between the second and the third steep is an explosion of sweetness!

This is all about lightly burnt toast and honey to me. Like really, if I burn my morning toasts a little and melt a bunch of gooey honey on top, this is what I’ll get. I so love that oven roasted quality, and it’s not smokey, not at all. It’s hard to explain, but this tea feels a bit like an alcoholic beverage, it numbs the tongue a little, like pu’erh does sometimes. It’s got nutty and fruity notes as well.

I have so many steeps in front of me… «Near…Far…WhereEeeever you are….My tea will go on, and on….» just sang my inner Celine Dion (oops, the windows are open, sorry neighbour)


Oh how I miss this tea!! Enjoy a sip for me and a blanket:)


Haha! It’s all your fault TeaTiff!!


You can blame tea and a blanket on me any day. Sounds so nice!


And don’t forget the book!!! Here, I just dedicated my 7th steep to you dear ;-)


What are you reading?


(This is the dream day I want today. Instead, I’m at work and I’m pseudo-gongfu brewing.)


Cheri, I I’m reading Birdman from Mo Hayder, and English author I have just discovered. A pretty intense thriller!

And I feel for you, “pseudo-gongfu at work” lol.


Looks like you are tea drunk!


Yes!!! I guess I am boychik, alcohol and celine Dion in the same session would be too much to handle in any normal state of mind!!


TheTeaFairy, at least I can sort of make it work for me in the office. I get to drink great tea all day long. That’s a bonus! If only I were curled up under a blankie with a really good book. Birdman sounds interesting. I will add it to my list to check out.


Sounds delicious! I wonder what “gui fei” means. When I was working at Ku Cha in Boulder, we were selling a Gui Fei, but it was a green/flower blooming tea.


Apparently it means concubine tea and is an uncommon oolong from Taiwan. It’s produced by a unique method: it’s briefly attacked by insects, tea green leaf hoppers. And it get’s it’s name from Yang Guifei –

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1 tasting notes

Oolong teas are one of my favorite types… this tops them all!!!

Flavors: Apple, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cacao, Caramel, Cream, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Ginger

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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149 tasting notes

I had this tea on my wishlist, and TeaTiff sent it my way in our hepatite swap!
Thanks so much, TeaTiff!!
This tea is everything I thought it would be and more…. it’s fruity, with honey goodness…and I can even taste the almond that’s mentioned in the description. The spun sugar aftertaste is beyond delightful.
I’m only on my second steep and I’m sure I’ll get a few more out of this one….
So, so yummy!!


Yay, glad you like this one!

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