Taiwan 'Four Seasons' Earl Grey Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Bergamot Oil, Oolong Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Bergamot, Butter, Cream, Custard, Grass, Green Apple, Honey, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lemon Zest, Lime, Mineral, Orchid, Pear, Seaweed, Spinach, Umami, Vanilla, Violet
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Caffeine
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6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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A delightful new creation, using a smooth and highly floral Taiwan Four Seasons oolong scented with bergamot oil, giving the tea a brilliant bergamot aroma and taste.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture
- Incredible bergamot aroma and taste
- Background floral quality from the tea

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This was another of last week’s sipdowns. This was also a tea I had no clue whether or not I’d like. For the most part, I am not a fan of flavored/scented oolongs, but I do love Taiwanese Si Ji Chun oolongs, and I am also a huge fan of Earl Grey. Still, I had no clue what to expect from this tea. I assumed it would either be really good or really bad. Luckily for me, I found it to be a more or less very good offering. It wasn’t perfect; however, it was very enjoyable.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After the rinse, I steeped 6 grams of dry tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of cream, vanilla, custard, honeysuckle, lemon zest, and bergamot. After the rinse, I detected a stronger bergamot aroma as well as scents of butter and slight scents of orchid. The first infusion brought out aromas of grass and baked bread as well as slight scents of violet and jasmine. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of lemon zest, grass, bergamot, violet, cream, vanilla, and honeysuckle that were chased by hints of baked bread, butter, and spinach. The subsequent infusions introduced aromas of lime and spinach. There were also some hints of umami on the nose. Stronger and more immediate notes of baked bread, butter, and spinach appeared in the mouth alongside notes of orchid and custard as well as hints of jasmine. Mineral, umami, lime, pear, honey, and green apple notes emerged, and I also picked up hints of seaweed. As the tea faded, the liquor emphasized lingering mineral, cream, bergamot, butter, lime, lemon zest and grass notes that were balanced by umami, spinach, seaweed, custard, honey, vanilla, pear, and baked bread hints.

Ultimately, this tea did not end up being anything too crazy, and for that, I was very grateful. The bergamot actually worked with the oolong, emphasizing the citrus and flower aromas and flavors one would expect to find in a green Si Ji Chun while also adding some sharpness and some complimentary notes that one would otherwise not expect to find. Though I thought the bergamot oil could have been dialed back just a bit, this was a still a very good, very enjoyable tea, one that Earl Grey fans and haters alike could probably get behind.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Butter, Cream, Custard, Grass, Green Apple, Honey, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lemon Zest, Lime, Mineral, Orchid, Pear, Seaweed, Spinach, Umami, Vanilla, Violet

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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“Hot, flat lemondae.” Thank you Rasseru for letting me try this. For me, it was like sprite in tea form, but it stood out in its citrus -flower power combo. I like my oolongs citrusy and floral, and this served that purpose, and the florals stretched out in later steeps. It was doable gong fu, and western that bordered on grandpa style for late steeps of 6 minutes. I personally got orchids, honeysuckle, lemongrass, and hints of jasmine and violets in the florals, and tart and lush bergamot pervading in the body.

I will likely get another sample, or perhaps 50 more grams of this because I did enjoy it. The flat lemonade tendency may bug people, but I highly recommend this for a unique alternative to Earl Grey. Maybe I can whip up my own version of the Earl of Anxi with this? I honestly have to try it again to see what I would realistically rate it, but I do think that 85 is the minimum.

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