Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tula Teas
Si Ji Chun Wulong
Mr. Liu’s Garden
Dong Ding Mountain, Nantou, Taiwan
Our fantastically nuanced Four Seasons Oolong is from Dong Ding Mountain in Nantou, Taiwan. Four Seasons is a varietal developed in the 1980s. This one was specially grown and handmade by a tea competition judge who is known for his tireless work in working with and developing new tea varietals that are naturally pest-resistant (to eliminate the use of pesticides) and adaptable to climate change.
The fragrance of the dry leaf is very enticing and beautiful. It has a fantastic floral scent that reminds me a bit of a dew-drenched flower garden in the springtime just as the sun begins to warm the leaves and petals. The aroma carries over to the brewed tea as well, making this a very inviting tea to sip.
And I am glad to accept that invitation, because this is truly a remarkable Oolong. The flavor is delightfully complex with notes of creamy butter and flower, hints of vegetation and spice, and a delicious background of fruit-like flavors.
The sip begins softly with a whisper of creamy goodness, and then a sharp, sweet floral quality emerges. All the while, I can taste the notes of crisp apple and a hint of plum. The sip ends with a bit of cleansing astringency that leaves just enough of the spice notes and a tangy note of citrus on the palate to enjoy in the aftertaste. It’s really a delicious cup.
This tea is aptly named, because all at once it has flavors that represent all four seasons: Spring with its beautiful floral tones; Summer with a sweetness of sun-ripened fruit; autumn with a hint of nut and spice, and winter with its warm, comforting buttery notes.
I really enjoyed this Oolong. Each infusion (I managed six from one measurement of leaves!) is very flavorful and unique in its own way, so please do yourself a favor and savor each infusion! You’ll be happy you did!