Gua Feng Zhai 2013 Spring

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Pu-erh Tea
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Apple, Apricot, Cream, Fruity, Mineral, Raspberry, Smoke, Smooth, Tangy
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Edit tea info Last updated by Ben Marcus-Willers (馬維彬)
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 128 ml

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2013 Gua Feng Zhai is powerful and full bodied, with a perfectly balanced flavor. The tea liquor is exceptionally bright, beautiful and clear. The smooth, consistent, tea leaves are the best looking leaves of the season.

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Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Cream, Fruity, Mineral, Raspberry, Smoke, Smooth, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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189 tasting notes

Ineffable rock-candy sweetness with notes of corn and hay, the broth generously lubricates the mouth and is quite persistent in the throat. I’m really amazed at the consistency of this tea that steep to steep pumps out consistently sweet, clean, full-bodied mouth-watering liquor with no ebb in flavor and no bitterness. People talk about price per gram of tea, but maybe there should be a price-per-excellent-infusion category in which the Guang Feng Zhai would challenge for supremacy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
jschergen

Nice review. Sounds pretty tasty! Do you think the strength is pretty comparable to the 2012?

Doug F

I don’t think it has as much oomph or all-round complexity as the 2012 but there are no “waste steeps.” It gets up to speed quickly and remains there.

jschergen

Got it. Thanks for the note :).

boychik

i feel i dont need tons of cheap average pu. i still have my price limitations but i raised them

jschergen

@boychik. Definitely agree! I think my limit is around the $0.50/g mark or so. Have a hard time rationalizing anything beyond that even if it’s pretty awesome (i.e. Last Thoughts)

Doug F

Yes this cake sits comfortably around the .50/gram mark as does the 2014 Wan Gong, which I didn’t think was quite as good.

jschergen

Yeah. I like that Wangong a good deal, but it didn’t quite have the oomph of their GFZ (at least their 2012).

On a semi-related sidenote, I’m very curious about the Dark Forest that they just added.

mrmopar

jschergen I just put an order in today with some of the Dark Forest in it.

jschergen

@mrmopar . Cool! Looking forward to hearing about it.

Doug F

The description is very alluring.

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