Tasting Notes: Smooth amber liquor with notes of floral honey and warm cinnamon.
After three long years, our very special Guei Fei, or Concubine Tea, is back. We feel particularly fortunate to receive this special limited quantity harvest.
This bug bitten oolong hails from Lugu Township, the production area for the famous Taiwanese oolongs Dong Ding and Shan Lin Xi. The tea leaves are a 2nd Flush selection, with no exposure to pesticides, in order to welcome the little leaf hoppers which provide the sweet transformation of the leaf. The variation in color of the leaves shows a moderate level of oxidation. A beautiful amber color in the cup, this tea is wonderfully fragrant with aromas of flowers and herbs, warm honey, and cinnamon. It is beautifully balanced, full and silky smooth like sweet honey, followed by a nutty, gently astringent finish that is clean and crisp. This tea is sure to delight.
Read more about the story of Guei Fei on our blog, here.
Like most oolongs, Guei Fei re-steeps well, especially when brewed in the traditional manner using a gaiwan. We recommend using less tea than the standard amount, as the leaves are full of flavor. Traditional brewing will generally yield up to 8 steeps and tea drinkers using Western-style brewing can anticipate 4-6 steeps. Remember to rinse your leaves first and steep for increasing time intervals on each subsequent steep!
Oolong teas, often tightly twisted or rolled, may be first "rinsed" before being infused. To rinse the tea, simply cover it in 195 degree water directly in the pot. This water, after about twenty seconds, should be poured off. Pour new 195 degree water over the leaves and steep for 3-5 minutes depending on the tea and your taste. As with Pu Er, our high quality oolongs may be infused three or more times and will yield an uniquely expressive cup each time.
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong is the broad family of teas that encompasses a range of oxidations of the tea leaves from 10% to 70% and is nestled between the families of the lesser oxidized greens and the more fully oxidized blacks. The Chinese have mastered the art of oxidation through centuries of crafting and have shared their craft with the Taiwanese, who have been producing exceptional oolongs for only a handful of decades. The type of cultivar grown, the geographical vastness and the a range of production techniques all contribute to this diversified category of tea. As a general rule, lesser oxidized oolongs have a tendancy to be more delicate and floral while more oxidized oolongs can be more woody, honeyed and fruity.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.