Yang Guifei was a concubine of the Chinese emperor during the Tang Dynasty and was known for her extraordinary beauty.
Guifei Oolong is actually a very young and popular type of tea that was only created after the 1999 Taiwan earthquake.
Chance also came to the fore in the creation of this variety. Due to the damaged roads and infrastructure, the farmers in Lugu were unable to cultivate their tea gardens for a long time. As a result, tea bushes were attacked by zikanden which had nibbled at the edges of the tea leaves. This results in a slight fermentation of the tea leaves on the tea bush.
This effect is not entirely unknown. In the north of Taiwan, this effect is deliberately used for the production of Oriental Beauty - Dong Fang Meiren Oolong Tea, which is known for its flowery - fruity taste.
The tea farmers in the Lugu growing area usually grow Dong Ding Oolong, so they could no longer sell the "damaged" tea.
So you decided to process the Guifei Oolong tea leaves according to the methods you know for Dong Ding Oolong.
First the tea was fermented approx. 40 - 50% and then roasted in order to bring out the fruity notes more strongly.
Oriental Beauty Oolong, for example, is fermented up to 80%. However, this was not necessary with Gui Fei Oolong because the loose tea leaves were already slightly fermented on the tea bushes.
At first, the taste of our Guifei Oolong smells intensely like a fruity perfume. You can also find aromas of summer blossom honey with a very soft finish.
Origin & harvest:
Elevation: over 1500 meters
Cultivar: Qing Xin
Harvest: winter 2019