Gui Fei oolong is a remarkably distinctive and unique Taiwanese oolong tea in both flavour and stories to tell about it. One of these has to do with how it was created. Gui Fei oolong was introduced to the market quite recently, more specifically in the years that followed the disastrous Sept. 21 1999 earthquake that disrupted the lives of not only city residents, but tea farmers as well. In the famous Dong Ding area, tea farmers neglected their plantations while they were busy rebuilding their homes and workshops. This left the tea gardens as open fields for the green leafhoppers to feast on the fragrant leaves. Their nibbling of the leaves causes the bushes to react to the invasive insect by increasing polyphenolic content in the tea leaves to mend themselves after the invasion. More polyphenols means also an increase in tannins and, down the road, after processing and baking these tea leaves into tea: a rich, wild honey aroma with hints of roasted grains and delicate sweetness in the cup!
Origin: Dong Ding,Nantou County
Harvest: May 2013
Elevation: 800 m