Tea: Gui Fei Oolong
✓ 17 teas reviewed
✓ 8 of Oolong Tea
✓ 6 of Music City Tea
✓ 4 from Taiwan / Formosa
Review of Gui Fei Oolong
December 22nd, 2016
I am still fairly new to oolongs. Wow there is such variety, hard to pronounce names, entire worlds of flavor and aroma...I doubt I could explore them all in one lifetime :)
I had never heard of Gui Fei oolong. There doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this oolong, unless it's perhaps known by other names that I'm not familiar with.
Apparently it's one of those "bug-bitten" teas (I have no idea if that's a myth or the truth).
So anyway I ordered some recently from Music City Tea. And I find it to be incredibly unique and aromatic....I love it!
The dry, ball-rolled leaves are almost rock shaped and of a decent size and pretty hefty. Not too much of an aroma from the dry leaf but wow when steeped it fills the room with a unique aroma.
I smell apricots, prunes, honey, and other aromas that I can't quite describe...fruity candy or dried fruit perhaps? Just an incredible aroma that I didn't think possible in a pure, unscented tea.
The taste is equally unique and complex. Dried apricots, plums, oranges, lemons, nuts, and a deep full and heavy bodied and toasty "tea flavor" (for lack of a better word) that is the backbone. This is a very filling and rich oolong.
This is definitely on the darker, more oxidized and roasted side of the oolong spectrum.
The steeped liquor is a deep amber-brown.
Later infusions bring out a rich chestnut flavor as some of the earlier fruitiness lessens. It is good for many infusions, but I normally stop after 7 (using gong fu style) due to the richness. But it never shows signs of weakening and I imagine it could go on forever :)
I have been drinking this tea daily since I got it, sometimes twice daily. It's so much fun to have a light, flowery oolong for one session, then a dark Wuyi tea for another session, and then this one in between.
It's difficult for me to describe how unique and stunningly yummy I find this tea. This comes very close to a full 100 rating for me. Amazing!