Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tea Review: Gui Fei Mei Ren (Floating Leaves Tea)

Gui Fei Mei Ren
Floating Leaves Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: Taiwan
Product Description:  The rinsed leaves of this Gui Fei Mei Ren smell like ripe fruit and sweet honey. It tastes sweet and solid. It's a straightforward tea. This is a great tea after a meal. *Gui Fei Mei Ren( Concubine Oolong) is like Oriental Beauty, being attacked by a certain type of insects first and then harvested. This seems to bring out a certain type of sweetness out of the tea. Unlike Oriental Beauty, Gui Fei Mei Ren is not as oxidized and the leaves are rolled.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of peanuts shells, grilled vegetables, seasoned wood, and a hint of tropical fruit.

The golden infusion has a honey, floral, and papaya aroma with a floral and nutty taste and a long floral finish.

The floral flavor and aroma became more pronounced with each re-steeping at 195° F.  I also prepared this oolong at a lower temperature (approximately 185° F) which brought out sweeter honey-like notes without losing the floral notes.  One serving of tea leaves continued to produce great results through six steepings.

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