A unique bouquet almost bursts with so many flavors, it’s difficult to narrow down exactly what is being tasted… The obvious notes include various types of honey — I taste buckwheat, tupelo, wildflower, but I’m quite certain that my honey palate is hardly delicate enough to make those claims, but anyway..

When I asked a grower why the process of producing Gui Fei went so deep into the summer, he answered quickly… “Oh, well of course, because we have to wait for the bug bite.” I thought that was hilarious. Wait what? The bug bite?? Was he joking? No. The “bug bite” he was referring to was the invasion of green leafhoppers, which alter the chemical composition of the leaf, and apparently impart its unique flavor profile.

Also, I usually give it a rinse and then jump in with 20-30 second infusions, noting that the 2nd and 3rd infusion result in a unusually thick liquor which is sweet and carries a fairly impressive hui gan… Later infusions, say 4-6 will bring more floral and spicy notes, but the sweet fruits lay off a bit.. Also, the leaves don’t seem to want to unfurl, so I’d add 15-30 seconds in subsequent infusions beyond the 3rd.

So all in all, its an oddly addicting oolong, and highly unique, so please try and let me know what type of tasting notes you are able to pull out, curious to hear!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Honey, Nuts

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Hi, I’m a passionate tea enthusiast with a special place for oolong and puerh. I’ve made several trips to Asia seeking the best and most interesting leaves and I’m always looking to connect with new tea folks…

Friends and family have urged and insisted that I stop bringing home small bags of leafy treasures and instead get more serious about awesome TEA.

Currently, I’m the proud owner of Tribute Tea Company, based out of Chicago. Check us out at www.tributeteacompany.com and please let me know what you think! I’m always adding and seeking new leaves and I would love to know who to link up with for a pot while traveling…


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