Gui Fei roughly translates to Imperial concubine referring to the mature yet graceful and beautiful quality of the fresh tea leaves for this processing. Its flavor profile is dynamic, containing notes of cedar, stone fruit, and spiced honey.
Gui Fei Oolong made in a similar fashion to Oriental Beauty in that the tea leaves are bitten by small green insects. It is the insects biting the leaves that gives these teas their unique honey characteristic aroma and taste and also initiates the oxidisation process. The main differences between Gui Fei and Oriental Beauty are that in Gui Fei is grown in the central regions of Taiwan whereas Oriental beauty is grown primarily in the North. And secondly, Gui Fei is processed using traditional Dong Ding Oolong processing techniques.
Also known as: King’s Concubine tea
Farming Methods: Natural farming techniques. Hand picked.
Production: Ball rolled Oolong. 40-50% oxidised. Lightly roasted
Elevation: 1,200 m (3,937 ft)