gui hua osmanthus green tea
gui hua osmanthus green tea dry tea leaves
gui hua osmanthus green tea tea liquor in cup
gui hua osmanthus green tea wet tea leaves floating in cup


Gui Hua - Osmanthus - Green Tea

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This tea strikes a lovely balance between sweetness and acidity. The osmanthus flowers give a fruity edge, without being overpowering. The variety used is Jin Gui, which translates as Golden Osmanthus, and gets its name from the colour of the flowers. It is also said to have the strongest fragrance among all the varieties. Osmanthus flowers are harvested late summer to early autumn. From there, the process is similar to that of jasmine scented teas, except that at the very end, dried osmanthus flowers are added back in with the tea leaves in order to enhance the visual appeal of the final product. In contrast to jasmine, osmanthus does not produce bitter notes when brewed, which is the main reason why it can be left in. When pouring, we recommend using a strainer to help catch any small flowers that may escape through the teapot spout or gaiwan. As with most green teas, this one is also an excellent choice for cold brewing.


● Harvest: 1st week April 2021
● Location: Sanxia, New Taipei City, Taiwan
● Altitude: 300-500m
● Cultivar: Qing Xin Gan Zai

● Method: hand-picked
● Pluck: bud plus 1-2 leaves
● Oxidation: 0-10%
● Roast: none

Tasting notes

● Dry leaf: twisted and wiry wholes leaves, cypress green colour, golden osmanthus flowers
● Wet leaf: unfurls fully, unbruised
● Liquor: flax colour, pale yellow hue

● Dry leaf: quince, water cress, tarragon
● Wet leaf: apricot, strawberry jam
● Empty cup: cardamom, grapefruit

● Taste: almond, sweetcorn, cherry pit
● Aftertaste: ginseng, lavender
● Mouthfeel: coating, dry, medium astringency

gui hua osmanthus green tea flavour wheel by oolongtime

Brewing tips

The following tips are for your guidance.
Please feel free to adjust to taste.

Gongfu style
● 3-4g per 100ml at 80-85°C (175-185°F)
● 20-30 secs for 1st steep
● add 5-10 secs for each re-steep
● 3-5 steeps total

Western style
● 0.8-1g per 100ml at 85°C (185°F)
● 2 mins for 1st steep
add 30-60 secs for each re-steep
2-3 steeps total

What our customers say

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Owen Taylor
Top shelf stuff

Really nice osmanthus flower aroma. Fills the room. Been cold brewing this one mostly, just drop some leaves in water and stick it in the fridge overnight. Ready to go the next morning.

Cynthia Perez

Good tea whether brewed hot or cold. Lots of little osmanthus flowers

Astrid Lindberg
Great tea. Fast shipping.

The osmanthus give a slightly sour note, without overpowering the tea. Think this combo works really well. Some summery vibes to cope with the winter. Also, seems like I managed to get this one delivered just in time before shipping came to a halt... Cheers!