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Royal Courtesan (oolong tea)

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Organic Royal Courtesan Oolong

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Our 2014 batch of our well-loved Gui Fei Royal Courtesan. It seriously keeps getting better every year.

This tea is quite limited. It has a long round clover honey finish, surrounded by wildflower notes and a nice tilled soil kind of depth. What makes this honey oolong stand out from the others we cupped when selecting this type of tea is the intense aromatics, overall body of the liquor, and complexity of flavor. It has a fullness and depth of character that continues even at room temperature or even cold. Multiple steepings reveal rich nutty earthiness and a more refined sweetness.

One of our top rated teas. See steepster.com.


One of our Artisan Reserve organic oolong teas, a line of small batch handmade teas from a craft handed down over generations. Hand selected for having all the hallmark qualities of the highest grades with notable personality accents.


Gui Fei Oolong was created by a group of young tea farmers from Luku township in 2000. After the big earthquake 9/21, the tea farmers in Luku township were engaged in rebuilding their hometown and neglected to manage their tea gardens which led to the tea leaves being chomped by the "tea leafhopper". After these tea leaves were picked and produced according to traditional Dong Ding Oolong tea method with a long fermentation, it turned out the tea liquor was crystal clear orange color and full of honey or litchi aroma. The green leaves were surrounded by red edges and looked very elegant and poised just like an ancient Gui Fei (The highest-ranking imperial concubine). Its flavor and aroma are different from traditional Dong Ding Oolong tea, which is why it is named Dong Ding Gui Fei tea or Gui Fei Oolong tea. We call it Royal Courtesan to honor its exemplary characteristics.

Good for several incredible steepings.

TOPA Organic Certified (see here for more info on the TOPA program)

AKA Gui Fei Oolong, Gui Fei Mei Ren, Noble Concubine, Honey Oolong

Customer Reviews

  1. February 8, 2014 Review by Deborah
    Quality

    This tea is sweet and has a mildly "earthy," rich taste. I could get about 5 steepings from it.

  2. May 18, 2013 Review by Kim
    Quality

    heaven! My first tasting of this variety and I'm in love! Added a hint of local organic lavender honey and I'm in heaven!

  3. October 21, 2010 Review by Ryan C.
    Quality

    This is the best Oolong money can buy! I love it but drink others on a more daily basis because they are a bit cheaper. I love this one to drink as a treat or when having company over who know their teas as well!

  4. November 22, 2009 Review by Candice
    Quality

    This is my fav right now...don't know if it's the name (which I love!), but the taste is stunning...simply stunning. whether steeped traditionally or in a teapot...it gives up so much flavor, history.....ahhhhhh.

  5. August 22, 2009 Review by Roger.
    Quality

    This is the most beautiful gue Fei that I've had yet.

  6. August 11, 2009 Review by Nicholas
    Quality

    Out of the 5 or so oolong teas I took home this was the most impressive. Good longevity of 5 or so steepings in my yixing pot. Attractive honey aroma and rich flavor that lasts. I recommend using an aroma cup to experience this tea fully.

  7. August 2, 2009 Review by Alison
    Quality

    simply stunning! Enough said.


Water: 195°F | Leaves: 1.5 -2 teaspoons per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t over-boil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time.
Leaves can be re-steeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Polyphenol in oolong tea is effective in controlling weight. It activates the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving triglycerides. Studies have confirmed that a 2-3 cup per day intake of oolong tea contributes to enhancing the function of fat metabolism and controlling obesity.
Gui Fei Oolong was created by a group of young tea farmers from Luku township in 2000. After the big earthquake 9/21, the tea farmers in Luku township were engaged in rebuilding their hometown and neglected to manage their tea gardens which led to the tea leaves being chomped by the "tea leafhopper".

After these tea leaves were picked and produced according to traditional Dong Ding Oolong tea method with a long fermentation, it turned out the tea liquor was crystal clear orange color and full of honey or litchi aroma. The green leaves were surrounded by red edges and looked very elegant and poised just like an ancient Gui Fei (The highest-ranking imperial concubine).

Its flavor and aroma are different from traditional Dong Ding Oolong tea, which is why it is named Dong Ding Gui Fei tea or Gui Fei Oolong tea. We also call it Honey Oolong.

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