Hey tea drinkers, let me welcome you to my blog, gabytheteaguy.com. As you might imagine, this blog is about everything related to tea.

The tea world is unique given that there are so many ways of making, steeping and drinking the Camellia Sinensis plant and the different herbals out there. My goal is to explore all those different ways of drinking and preparing this amazing beverage and share my experience with you, the readers.

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Gui Fei is one of the more unique teas on the market because of his distinctive taste of honey

First time I tried this tea was on a cold afternoon in Montreal. I went to the world renowned store Camellia Sinensis store to see what they had. I wasn’t searching for anything in particular but rather looking around for something that might grab my attention. I talked to one of the employees and I got offered their tea of the day which happened to be the Gui Fei.

My first reaction when tasting the honey colored liquor was like ”Holy shit, that actually tastes like honey!” I couldn’t believe a tea could taste this sweet without any sweetener of some sort.  I had been sipping on green teas for the past few months so the contrast was huge compared to what I was used to. It was definitely one of the most memorable moments to date in my tea tasting journey.

Although I call this Tea the ‘taiwanese honey tea’, there is no actual honey in that tea. After making some research to figure out what gives the Gui Fei his wonderful aroma, I discovered that it actually comes from the bites of the Tea green leaf hopper. To be clear, the insect does not actually give flavor to the tea, it’s rather the reaction of the Camellia Sinensis tea plant to those bites that gives it the sweet taste of honey we love.

The taste of sweet honey is obviously what is dominant in Gui Fei. There is also some subtle aromas of pear that gives it bit of complexity. I particularly like to drink this type of tea on cold days or when I am feeling a bit sick because I find the honey very soothing and uplifting.

To finish off, I recommend everyone to try this tea at least once because it is truly phenomenal. I wanted to share this experience with you because it is those moments that makes me enjoy tea the way I do and inspires me to explore new kinds of teas.

Let me know what you think if you try it!




Teas of the month: October

For the month of October, most of my teas came from a small tea house in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. The tea house, called La maison de thé Cha Yi , is one of the best places for tea I have come across so far. As soon as I walked in, I was gladly welcomed by the owner, Daniel, who was pleased to answer all my question and talk about tea with me for more than an hour.

The service is only one part of what makes this little shop so amazing. The teas are also truly wonderful. Daniel explained to me that most of his teas were individually selected by himself directly from the producers. In fact, he goes to visit some of his suppliers at least once a year.

I want to point out that this is in no way a paid promotion. I truly believe that great companies should get the credit they deserve and Cha Yi is without a doubt a amazing store. Please, do yourself a favor and go look at their website, you will love their products

Without further a do, here are my 3 favorite teas this month!


I got recommended by one of my favorite Instagrammers in the tea community, @fred_tea, to try a good Indian Darjeeling tea. I asked the store owner at Cha Yi to show me the selection of Darjeeling he had and he showed me the different kinds he had. He explained to me that the particularity of Darjeeling teas is that the first flush will always be lighter in color, to the point where it will almost look like a green tea,  as opposed to the 2nd flush which will be of a darker color. The reason for that is that the Darjeeling region has adopted a strict regulation regarding how their teas are made so that the they preserves the reputation it has. This is the main reason why the region was able to keep their title as the Champagne of teas over the year.

At first glance this tea looked really amazing. There was a interesting array of color ranging from dark brown to bright green. The smell I got from this tea was very floral with a hint of grass. When steeped, the tea released more of the grassy notes. The taste was a good mix of herb, jasmine and and a bit of lavender.  I would give this tea a note of 7.5/10.


I’ve always been a huge fan of Gyokuros so I knew I had to buy one to see what Cha Yi had to offer in terms of shaded greens. The smell was very amazing. I got notes of seaweed mixed with a sweet fruity smell that I couldn’t quite figure out precisely what it was. The mix of sweetness and seaweed made for a very interesting smell. The taste was incredibly smooth and delicious, totally what you would expect from a Gyokuro. I would give this tea a 9/10 because of my love for Gyokuros.


The biggest surprise this month came from this amazing Nepalese tea. The owner of Cha Yi told me that this tea was very similar to a Darjeeling since it comes from the same variety of Camellia Sinensus. What made me absolutely fall in love with this tea his the outstanding notes of flowers I got from the first smell. For some reason, this floral smell gave me a feeling of joy along with a mental image of a field full of flowers pollen flying around in the air. Luckily, I am do not have an allergic reaction to pollen so it was a beautiful scene to me. Each and every sip I took from this drink felt to me like drinking some nectar from the gods. I would without a doubt give this tea a 9.9 out of 10, just to say that perfection is impossible but this is really damn close!

Thanks for reading!

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Best brand name teas – Green Teas


Hey tea drinkers!

For my first blog article, I will review the most common green teas you can find out there. By that, I mean green tea’s that you can easily find in a supermarket at minimum cost.

I want to start off by saying that that I respect everyone’s preference when it comes to tea. Some people really enjoy tea bags and that’s perfectly fine, to each their own! For me, I find that loose leaf teas offer a bigger selection and superior taste. That being said, I still think that it’s important to explore every aspect of tea-drinking in order to really figure out what you like and what makes a good tea.

So to try something different, I decided to buy four different brands of tea that you can find in a supermarket and figure out which one I liked the best. The brands I tried were:


Four O’Clock Green Tea


This being an organic tea; I didn’t really know what to expect. The green tea was very fine as you would expect from a bagged tea. Although it was very hard to see the tea through the bag, the mix looked well-balanced between stems and leaves. When infused, the color of the liquid was a light brownish-green. The smell was woody and a little bit fruity, like a lightly-roasted green tea. The taste was not really different from the smell. You could taste the light woody fruity flavour, meaning that some of the leaves were probably roasted like a Hojicha. The taste was bitter and astringent, but this was to be expected with a bagged tea.


Stash Premium Green Tea


This tea was the most expensive, so I had semi-high hopes for this one. You could clearly see that the bag had more leaves than stems compared to the others, and also had a greener color. The color of the infusion was a grass-like green, the only one with that color out of the four teas. The smell was less woody and smelled more like freshly-cut grass. The taste was like sweet grass but with not much bitterness. This was the most unique tea out of the four.

Lipton Green Tea


The tea bags I bought were round disks so could place them at the bottom of a cup, I guess? I found it very weird since there was no string to take it out of the tea cup. I had to use a fork to remove the bag. I’m guessing people just leave it in the cup until they are done (bitter much?). The color was very similar to the Four O’Clock- a brownish green. I was really not impressed with the taste. There was almost no flavor other than just bitterness, which is not really a flavor in itself. It was also very astringent in my mouth which was just weird. I really have no word for this tea other than “bland”.

Twinings Green Tea


This tea was slightly better than the Lipton option. The color was the same, but the smell was a bit stronger. The taste was similar to the Four O’Clock, but the taste was a bit more woody and grassy. The bitterness was still very present, but was more manageable since there was some flavor to the infusion.


Final Verdict

Being used to drinking Senchas and Gyokuros, these teas definitely put me out of my comfort zone. The Lipton green tea was honestly one of the worst green teas I’ve had to date. For the Four O’Clock and the Twinings; they were very similar in taste but the Four O’Clock had the edge because of the fruitier flavor and the fact that it is organic. The one that really stood out for me was the Stash Premium Green Tea because of its smooth, grassy flavor. It is definitely worth spending a few more pennies to have a green tea that really tastes like a green tea. I implore you to try it and give me your opinion.