Just wanted to thank you for reviewing our Forever Spring Oolong. It is a Direct Trade tea and extremely popular. Wishing you peace, Susan Nunn, Owner
“Just wanted to thank you for reviewing our Forever Spring Oolong. It is a Direct Trade tea and extremely popular. Wishing you peace, Susan Nunn, Owner” Read full tasting note
“Revisit Review! My initial review of this tea was over a year ago, and since it’s one of my oldest teas, I’ve moved it into my sipdown corner. I figured since I’ve been drinking it a lot lately...” Read full tasting note
There are teas that are bold and rich, and there are teas light and delicious, and there are so many teas in between. I swear there is a tea for every time of day, and for every mood we may be in. Teas are awesome.
This tea is no different, but yet different in every respect. I’ve never tasted another oolong like this one. This Direct Trade Tea from the Song Bo region of the Nantou Estate in Taiwan has a special quality; this is a wonderful light floral Taiwanese Oolong with honey and pineapple notes. Sometimes when I was down on the street at the Capital City Public Market every Saturday selling teas, I wished I had room to put out a hot airpot for each and every tea I carry as samples, as the teas each have such an individual and delicious flavor. It is so hard to choose.
This tea, Forever Spring, also known as Si Jie Chun Oolong, has a floral fragrance so light and delicious. I would sell out of it each week at the Market here in Boise.
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Revisit Review! My initial review of this tea was over a year ago, and since it’s one of my oldest teas, I’ve moved it into my sipdown corner. I figured since I’ve been drinking it a lot lately working on clearing it out of my stash, I should revisit it.
My initial review was for this tea brewed western style, and can be viewed here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/379618 . Lately I’ve been making liters of this oolong cold brewed and taking it to work in my water bottle. The flavor is very floral, like a spring meadow, with honeysuckle, lilac, orchid, and perhaps a subtle touch of a soft perfumey jasmine note being the main floral flavors I taste, and it has a very strong aromatic quality and sweetness to it. I’m also getting a subtle hint of pear after some of the florality subsides. It’s been very refreshingly green and it will probably be easy to clear this older tea out pretty quickly gulping down iced brews.
But since I hadn’t tried this oolong gong fu style yet, I wanted to make sure I tried it that way at least once while I still had some leaf, so I decided to dedicate the time to it this evening. Since it was pretty late, I only used around half capacity in my shiboridashi; I didn’t want to use my little baby-gaiwan since big leafy oolong don’t really have the room to open up properly in it.
70ml / 4.5g / 205F / Rinse|30s|35s|45s|50s|60s|75s
The aroma is very floral, smelling of violets, orchids, and lilacs, with a slightly sharp minerality. The flavor after the first steep was floral, soft, and sweet, with just a hint of a pear note toward the finish. The second steep brought in much stronger aromatics, with the floral note having a somewhat perfumey aroma. The tea is quite sweet, like honey, and the orchid flavor settles thick and syrupy on the tongue. When the flowery flavor fades, a vegetal taste is left on the tongue; it’s a leafy green taste that is slightly like brocolli, but it is quite subtle. The third steep was more of the same, though a sharp mineral flavor came forward toward the finish. The fourth and fifth steeps found the aroma softening a little, and the tea sweetening some, with slightly stronger honeysuckle/honey/cream notes, but the mouthfeel was thinning out a bit. By the sixth steep the tea had grown thin in flavor and tasted a little soapy and astringent to me, so it seemed the right place to wrap things up.
This is a tea that I didn’t see much difference in the gong fu brew compared to western and cold brew. It’s highly floral and I like the strong orchid/lilac flavor, but those that don’t like floral teas would not like this tea. It almost borders on being too perfumey for me to handle, but somehow stays just within that fine line where the aroma doesn’t set my sensitive migraine head off. Since I don’t really get anything new from gong fu with this one for the time and effort it takes me to brew that way, I’m pretty happy to finish this off cold brew style (plus, it makes a really nice cold brew!)
Flavors: Broccoli, Cream, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Mineral, Orchid, Pear, Perfume, Sweet, Vegetal, Violet