21 Tasting Notes


WOW! This tea is AMAZING! I was given a sample in my recent order from Tea Source. I have been thinking about it ever since! Beautifully balanced flavors and aroma… My head was in the clouds wishing I had more, or more like I had a forever full cup in my hand! In my minds eye, this is the PERFECT tea. (Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty crazy for Oolongs)

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Floral, Honey, Stonefruit

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Gui Fei | Oolong Tea by TeaSource
21 tasting notes

This tea is another AMAZING tea from tea source! Nice floral, but not over the top. A lovely balance of honey, nutty, floral and apples.
(I have to admit, I probably would not have purchased this tea, EXCEPT that it was a 20% off sale.)

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Honey, Roast Nuts

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is my favorite tea for the morning wake me up. I find it medium roasted, that tapers off into a nice floral in the second steep. (I brew western style mostly, because I usually don’t have time for a brewing session at 4am …) I make a jar of this to last through my day, and the flavors change a bit as the tea cools off.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Honey, Roasted

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is nicely flavored oolong, I could still the the tea. Not ‘fake’ flavor, more like there was a couple of fresh strawberries in my tea cup! I don’t care for artificial flavors in my tea, so I was weary of this purchase, but the description stated “natural flavor”, so I purchased a small amount, now… wishing I had purchased a bigger bag… (Hahaaahhaaah! I feel like I’m a tea hoarder… maybe I should’ve chosen that screen name!)

Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Gads! I am in love… again!!! This is so delicious, light roasted? Not sure, but it is resonating with my taste buds and the flavor is sweet, kinda baked goods, and smells of ripe fruit! The mouth feel is thick, and I taste this well after the cup is empty! This is crazy good to me!

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, Thick, Toasty

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

Wow, this seems so different from the Wuyi oolongs I’ve had. A fruity, light roast da Hong Pao sounds amazing


Yes! Agreed! It’s high mountain, I brew Western style at 190, that brings out more sweet notes and a lasting mouthfeel on this one! I even made a note on the label, VERY SPECIAL… so I don’t make a mistake and just gulp it down ;)

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I truly enjoyed this!!! At first brew She was beautifully light floral and a little something sweet that I can’t put my finger on, with a slight ‘Rock’ mouth feel..but not too much… The second brew was just a bit less floral with the same slight ‘Rock’ mouth feel. BUT let me say this… She stayed with me for a while! I could still taste the sweetness half an hour later! I usually will only do 2 steeps since I brew Western style, however, I probably could have pushed this tea farther! In fact, I will certainly be sitting with this beauty in a Gong Fu session!

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I was introduced to the tea world in 2004, when my sister and her family moved to Canada. I fell in love with all of the different varieties and flavors of tea there!
Then, thanks to the internet, I found more tea! I love watching Don and Celine from Mei Leaf on youtube. If I have ever had questions about tea, I can find the answers there… which was a “rabbit hole” in a good way!

My ratings of tea :

90-100 = Amaaaaazing tea and my favorite, will never run out type of tea.

80-90= Very good tea, will purchase again when ready.

70-80= Maybe, after waiting a while and re-trying the tea, I will give it a go again.

60-70= Probably not going to repurchase, but my curiosity has been met.

59 or less= ABSOLUTELY YUK, Spit it out, gagged or tasted something that resembled a tea and was actually a road apple from some barn animal!

My favorite tea shops so far that have delivered some great teas: (.com’s)

Tea Source
Mei Leaf
Yunnan Sourcing/Taiwan Sourcing
Tea Vivre
Siam Tea Shop

My favorite local tea shops are very limited. I really enjoy The Tea Cozy in Sacramento, CA and there’s a great tea shop, TeaXotics in El Dorado Hills, CA. Both shops are masterful tea blenders, and can satisfy an urge to try something different. And the knowledge of the staff at both shops is amazing and so is the customer service!


Northern CA

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