Organic Gui Fei

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Oolong Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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From driftwood tea

After Taiwan’s 9/21 earthquake farmers were delayed in harvesting their crop. Once able to do so they discovered their tea bushes had been attacked by Leaf Hoppers who’d nibbled away at the leaves edges. Processing the tea anyway, the farmers discovered that the finished teas had developed a naturally sweet and beautiful rich, almost honey like quality. So fine was the resulting tea that it became named Gui Fei after the highest-ranking Imperial Concubine.

Key Flavours – sweet rich warming chocolate, perfumed almonds, honey.

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6770 tasting notes

This is a Tree-Hopper-Nibbled Tea! It smells roasty and toasty…and darn near like camp fire wood.

This is semi-sweet and nutty. There are hints of almond and even a little cocoa powder-type flavor underneath.

Good stuff!


Sounds great and I love the name of that tea company! Never heard of them.


I like the description of this tea :) and their website is cool.


Huh.. I’m gonna have to try this one.

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4833 tasting notes


A really lovely charcoal-y aroma that is less evident in the flavor than it is in the fragrance.

The flavor is honey-like and floral. And … there are cacao notes to this Oolong! Sweet and nutty. A really delightful Oolong that is worth taking the time to steep again and again!

Here’s my full-length review of this one:

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44 tasting notes

Outstanding! The best temperature seems to be about 96C and the steeping time about 3 minutes, not longer. Rich, clear taste of raisins and almonds. The second steep is the finest.
The leaves need to be rinsed quickly in a hot water before steeping, or the tea may taste bitter.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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772 tasting notes

Having this while watching the season premiere of Hannibal. I can think of no better tea than a Gui Fei to drink while watching this. Lovely sweetness… dark… masculine… complex… warming…
It is as if the leaf hoppers that consume this tea are saying: “This is my design.”

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