Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apple, Baked Bread, Berries, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Mineral, Mint, Red Fruits, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Toast, Wood, Tart, Vegetal
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 9 oz / 262 ml

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  • “This tea is so tasty! I have such mixed feelings on the Gui Fei it seems. I loved Butiki, did not enjoy Taiwan Tea Crafts, and now love this one. I only have one more cups worth in my sample and...” Read full tasting note
  • “Dry leaf smells like pure, intense honey and flowers. Warming brings out stewed red fruits, cinnamon and this flowery scent that for some reason reminds me of lipstick. I’ve experienced that kind...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is part of my huge 2018 haul from Camellia Sinensis. All of you know my fondness for bug-bitten teas, and based on my rave review of their Bai Hao, I thought I’d like their Guei Fei as well. I...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This is a queued tasting note. I had a weird/wonky Gong Fu session with this tea, which Camellia Sinensis added a generous free sample of into one of my orders this year. It wasn’t the tea itself...” Read full tasting note
    84

From Camellia Sinensis

Harvested in the vicinity of Ding Dong, the leaves of this wulong offer various colours from khaki to dark green, reflecting their moderate oxidation. The brew offers generous aromas of flowers and red fruits. The amber liquor is velvety and well balanced. Fine notes of spice bread (cinnamon) lead us to the soft sweet finish.

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1128 tasting notes

This tea is so tasty! I have such mixed feelings on the Gui Fei it seems. I loved Butiki, did not enjoy Taiwan Tea Crafts, and now love this one.

I only have one more cups worth in my sample and I’ve drank 2-3 steeps of each cups worth from the sample and each one has been so tasty I’ve sipped it down far too quickly.

The floral aspect is very much toned down and far more in the background here as just an accent, if that. There’s a sweet baked type flavour with very little to almost no mineral, oolong-y type flavour that I’m not much of a fan of.

I don’t think this review really does this tea a lot of justice, but it’s a re-order for sure.

1st steep 4 minutes
2nd steep 5.5 minutes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
derk

oh yeah, that’s a solid tea

LuckyMe

So many good reviews here for Camellia Sinensis. I need to give them a try.

Courtney

It really is derk!

LuckyMe I’ve been so impressed with CS so far and I’m planning a third order already hah!

Cameron B.

I remember liking the Gui Fei from What-cha as well, just the TTC one was too floral for me?

Courtney

Good to know Cameron! I’ll have to add the What-cha to my wishlist.

Leafhopper

I also really like the Gui Fei from Camellia Sinensis, and they have a nice roasted Dong Ding and some good green Taiwanese oolongs as well. They’re my go-to tea company in Canada!

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1025 tasting notes

Dry leaf smells like pure, intense honey and flowers. Warming brings out stewed red fruits, cinnamon and this flowery scent that for some reason reminds me of lipstick. I’ve experienced that kind of powdery floral note in many keemun. Brewed up this tea has a strong, sweet aroma but is not sweet in taste. I get a perfume of honey-drenched toast and berries-redfruits, cinnamon. Taste is mineral, tangy, and much like stewed apples and berries or apple bread with a bit of wood. A very clean, viscous tea with an oiliness felt after the swallow. It’s very warming, gently at first especially in the chest and face, and becomes stronger while still leaving a minty cool, mouth-watering finish.

I haven’t had many gui fei. In fact, the only one that stands out in my recollection is an unpleasant one. This one, though, is very nice. Recommended? Yesyesyes, especially for people new to oolong. It’s very approachable and rather straight-forward. This shares a lot of notes with aging pressed Fuding white teas if you have an interest in exploring those. Thanks for the share Leafhopper :)

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Berries, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Mineral, Mint, Red Fruits, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Toast, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Courtney

Oooh! I have a Gui Fei from Taiwan Tea Crafts, but it’s sadly to floral for me. The one from a few years back from Butiki I recall really enjoying.

Mastress Alita

Oh, I have loved those aging pressed Fuding white teas that I’ve tried so far! I’ll have to put this one on a list.

Leafhopper

I’m glad you liked it! I’ll have to try some aged Fuding pressed white tea sometime.

derk

This one is pretty floral but I think it’s well balanced by the other elements of the aroma. Oh, I remember now. The other two I’ve had were intolerably nutty. Mastress Alita, this one’s worth checking out.

derk

Leafhopper, you’ll have the chance soon enough :)

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282 tasting notes

This is part of my huge 2018 haul from Camellia Sinensis. All of you know my fondness for bug-bitten teas, and based on my rave review of their Bai Hao, I thought I’d like their Guei Fei as well. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of intense honey, flowers, and stewed fruit. The first steep has notes of honey, baked bread, flowers, sweet apple, and other stewed fruits. (Camellia Sinensis says “red fruits,” which I kind of agree with.) A tart berry note emerges in steep two. The tartness, stewed fruits, flowers, and, most of all, the honey characterize the next couple steeps. This is definitely a dessert tea. The honey and baked bread just keep getting stronger in the fifth and sixth rounds. Sadly, I don’t notice any cinnamon, which both Roswell Strange and the website point out. The flavours become slightly attenuated as the session ends, although the honey and red fruit are still present. The final steeps have a bit of astringency and are somewhat vegetal.

This is a sweet, luxurious Guei Fei that’s easy to drink. Though it lacks the complexity of the Bai Hao, this is kind of expected given the nature of this type of oolong. I’ve had a lot of bug-bitten oolongs recently and the flavours have become somewhat predictable, but this oolong executes them very well.

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Berries, Floral, Honey, Red Fruits, Stewed Fruits, Tart, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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11538 tasting notes

This is a queued tasting note.

I had a weird/wonky Gong Fu session with this tea, which Camellia Sinensis added a generous free sample of into one of my orders this year.

It wasn’t the tea itself that was weird; just how I prepared it. I only had two infusions and then I just sort of, well to be perfectly honest, just forgot about the tea? I don’t even remember why: I was taking notes on the infusions and then I must have started cooking or watching TV or something else and the tea just sat there. But anyway, here are the notes I took for those two infusions:

- GORGEOUS leaf!!!
- Sweet, honey notes! Like ambrosia? Most dominate flavour
- Very light/gentle overall with a delicateness to it
- However, despite that the flavours are NOT subtle
- Also has notes of spring flowers, red fruits and white peach

After those delightful, wonderful Gong Fu infusions I popped the leaf into a mason jar and cold brewed the leaf (when I finally did remember I was drinking tea) so as to not waste it and get the most out of leaf which clearly wasn’t spent yet.

The cold brew was similar in flavour notes to what was observed in the Gong Fu infusions, just even sweeter and richer with more honey notes and more sweet fruity flavour. However, I also tasted a light finish that reminded me of Easter Buns a little bit? Kind of that sweet, doughy quality with a sort of cinnamon note as well? And of course a fruitier glaze but that easily melds with the honey and preexisting fruit notes.

I definitely look forward to further, more conscious exploration of this tea.

Lion

Love me some Gui Fei. I recently had my mind blown by one that exceeded all others I have tried.

Roswell Strange

Where from, if you don’t mind my asking?

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