Here is a Gui Fei produced in Thailand, like all the teas currently sold by Tea Side.
The dry leaves in a warm gaiwan have a lofty scent of tropical fruit and fruit flowers. I’m reminded of lychee and maybe passion fruit. After the first infusion, the leaves are bursting with aromas of plums, flowers, and tart cherries, while the tea liquid smells more honeyed. The flavor is bright and honeyed with a mostly pear-like flavor, a bit of apple and nectarine, and some toasty notes in the finish. The texture is thick and heavy, juicy.
The second infusion is more honey-tasting with a stronger floral presence. I’m getting more lychee this time. Flower-wise, I’m thinking it reminds me of honeysuckle.
Third infusion, also more floral, and the fruit flavor is reminding me more now of apricot.
Surprisingly, I don’t have much to say about this Gui Fei because it’s just about what you want and expect from a great quality higher-oxidized Gui Fei. Extra infusions beyond this were consistently good, just growing a bit less sweet each time.
Oh hey, this is my 250th tasting note! Guess I’ll do a little dance and enjoy some more of this fine tea!
Flavors: Cherry, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Lychee, Pear