GUI FEI: THE TAIWANESE HONEY TEA

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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!

Peace!

Gaby

 

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