drank Gui Fei #AAA by Tea Side
306 tasting notes

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

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Hi there, fellow tea lovers.

My name’s Lion and I’m a Gongfu Cha practitioner, so I usually brew with a gaiwan for reviews unless there’s a more suitable brewing method, like using Japanese teawares for Japanese teas. I tend to stick to straight loose teas and scented teas in general, seldom dabbling in herbal and flavored teas. My favorite tea is Kenyan Silver Needle.

Aside from tea, I’m a generally creative person. I love to cook, write fiction, draw, decorate, garden, and do just about anything creative I can get my paws on.

Animals are really important to me. I’m a lion at heart, and I strive to better understand, respect, and appreciate other animals as best as I can. I advocate for better stewardship of wildlife and captive animals. We’ve still got a lot to learn.

For a long time I rated every tea I tried, but these days I don’t rate them unless they’re exceptional and deserving of a high rating. Here’s my rating breakdown for my reviews with ratings:

0 = Unpalatable, harsh
25 = Unenjoyable
50 = I’m indifferent
75 = Enjoyable, average
90+ = The best, would buy more
100 = Incredible, a favorite


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