Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Aftelier Perfumed Teas
Gui Fei oolong tea has an intense dark, spicy perfume with a textured, nutty, floral taste. The tea’s floral complexity marries perfectly with the honeysuckle notes of the organic linden blossom essence. These rolled leaves provide up to 4 infusions.
I have had the amazing opportunity to try all four of Aftelier’s perfumed teas, and enjoyed each for their unique properties. Of the four, I think that this one may be my favorite.
The aroma is intense, but in comparing this with the other three Oolongs from Aftelier, it is quite subtle … if that makes sense. The flavor follows suit, as it is not as powerful in flavor as the other three. But make no mistake in assuming that because this one is a bit softer in flavor and fragrance than the others that this one lacks in any way, because it certainly does not.
The flavor is absolutely divine. The Gui Fei Oolong has a very pleasing nutty flavor with a soft, creamy texture. The nutty flavor of the Oolong melds seamlessly with the honeysuckle-esque tones of the linden blossom. It is sweet, nutty, and refreshing.
In case you might be wondering (I know I would if I were reading this review instead of tasting the tea), it doesn’t taste perfume-y … or at least what I might imagine drinking perfume would taste like. It doesn’t taste like soap. It tastes like tea that has been treated with the meticulous care and flavored with painstaking precision. It is amazing!
This tea is a tribute to the passion that Aftelier has for their product, and that attention to detail makes this tea worth every penny – and then some! This tea would be the pride of any tea collection!