Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Mountain Tea
Citrusy with the taste of ripe stone and pit fruit.
GuiFei was originally crafted in FengHuang village in Nantou’s LuGu county (famous for creating the Dong Ding oolong style). After the 9/21 earthquake, tea gardens were abandoned and the tea plants allowed to grow wild.
Our FengHuang GuiFei was crafted in remembrance of our founder’s grandmother (originally from FengHuang village) who passed recently and as an homage to those who lost their lives in the earthquake. It is a declaration that even in the darkest hours we can rise and overcome.
Learn more about this Oolong here.
I have often stated that Ali Shan Oolong is my favorite type of Oolong Tea, but … this FengHuang GuiFei Oolong Tea from Mountain Tea is certainly a contender to replace my longtime favorite! This tea is positively EXQUISITE!
The above description is spot on with its suggestion that this is citrus-y with the taste of stone fruit. There are delightful notes of citrus: I’m thinking a combination of orange and a sweet grapefruit. There are hints of tart in the citrus-y tones, but, not so much of the bitter that grapefruit often yields. It’s just sweet and tangy!
And then there are the lovely plum-like notes. Sweet and juicy, with that hint of sour that a plum offers. Just a hint! There are so many nuances to this tea … it is such an incredible tea to experience!
It has hints of wood to it with just a touch of roasted taste. Honey-esque tones … and an ever-so-slight touch of flower to the taste. Those who shy away from floral Oolongs – worry not! The floral note is barely discernible … I notice it only when I’m really focused on the sip. While sipping casually – what I taste is fruit!
This is one of the sweetest Oolong teas I’ve encountered. It doesn’t have a heavy, creamy feel to it. Instead it has a smooth, brothy texture. The aftertaste is light and sweet. It’s one of those Oolong teas that you want to save for those kinds of days that you have plenty of time to just sit back and contemplate the joy of tea … just relax and enjoy the sweet, beautiful, complex quality of the tea. Definitely DO take this tea through its paces and infuse it multiple times … it’s definitely worth that effort because you’ll be rewarded with lots of wonderful, delicious tea.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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