Cultivar: Jin Xuan "Golden Lily"
Harvest Season: April 1, 2018
Lu Gu, located in the mountains of central Taiwan is one of the first tea growing regions on the island beginning around the late 1860s. This area is also the birthplace for Dong Ding oolong production and its sophisticated oxidation , ball rolled shaping and baking techniques. The evolution of knowledge and skill has led to highly prized, ball shaped oolong teas from this area for decades. Gui Fei was develop around 1980's-90's at Lu Gu, where local artisans sought to create a new tea with the fermented honey sweetness and fruity flavors of Bai Hao Oolong using their traditional ball rolled Dong Ding Oolong Tea techniques. The harvest season for Gui Fei Cha is between spring and summer and mainly produced from Jin Xuan Taiwan Tea cultivar No.12. Gui Fei translates to "Royal Concubine", while there was no such female, the romance of the name sticks alluding truthfully to the aged, yet elegant leaves needed to create this type of oolong.
This 2018 lot was harvested in the Zhu Shan area of Lugu from Jin Xuan cultivar bushes. The tea has a very dense tea infusion and sturdy tannin structure with excellent balance of deep taste, aroma and body. This lot was lightly baked two times in order to stabilize and highlight the specialized oxidation performance. Check out the unique multi-colored loose leaves infusing in a white bowl.
The special withering and oxidation of this Gui Fei Oolong creates a boozy profile with upfront notes of brandy, apricots, yellow plum wine and fermented honey. More nuanced notes and aromas of rye, fallen apples, apple blossom honey, loquat fruit, rye and over ripe pit fruits are apparent.
8 grams | 1 tbsp
Add 1 tbsp (8g) tea per 8 ounces water into a small gaiwan or teapot.
Use 195°F water
Briefly rinse leaves. Decant and discard this infusion.
Add water and infuse for 1 minute
Repeat for a second infusion bur decrease steeping time to 30 seconds.
Repeat for another 3+ infusions. Increase the steeping time by 15 seconds with each additional infusion.
Gaiwan Brewing from Rishi Tea on YouTube.