drank Gui Fei #AAA by Tea Side
257 tasting notes

Just finding this tea in my cupboard after receiving it in a swap with Lion a few months back.

When sitting in my warmed gaiwan I picked up roasty coffee like scents with a hint of honey sweetness behind it.

First steep of 30 seconds and the flavor reveals a slight sweetness to it. Maybe a lychee? I’m not as versed in that flavor but I think that is what it reminds me of. The leaves have lost much of the coffee note. It still is a bit roasty but now a fruity roast with what I imagine to be lychee as the upfront fruit scent. I asked my wife what she tasted (without knowing what kind of tea she was drinking) and she said she gets honey.

Steep 2, 30 seconds. Roasty seems to be the upfront flavor on this steep. Which is just fine by me as I love roasted notes in my oolongs. There certainly is a bit of smooth sweetness still there but it has taken a back seat to roast.

Steep 3, 45 seconds. Yup, roast is still the flavor here. No complaints. A fruit tangy flavor lingers on my tongue after sips.

And on and on it goes. This is a solid tea with a really nice flavor. There is some mild complexity here. I wouldn’t mind getting and drinking this again.

Flavors: Honey, Lychee, Roasted

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of three, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Some of my favorite places from which to purchase tea are Whispering Pines Tea Co, Verdant, A Quarter to Tea, Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co, Bitterleaf Tea, and Yunnan Sourcing.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this


Lansing, Michigan

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