Four Seasons Spring Oolong Tea

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  • Flavor: Heady, floral aroma. Smooth, delicate fruity flavor. Lingering, robust finish. 

    Garden: This tea garden is a prototype of sustainable tea farming, and is an anomaly in its region This farmer only harvests 3 times a year as opposed to the common practice of 5 or 6 times a year. This allows the plants to grow more naturally and maintain optimal nourishment. Almost all tea in this region is machine harvested, but this farmer hand picks these leaves. He is dedicated to the highest quality possible by producing small amounts of carefully crafted tea. We have only sourced his late winter crop from him in the last couple years. This rare "Dong Pian" crop grows after the normal winter season crop has been harvested. The weather conditions during this period are ideal — especially at this elevation. We are privileged to be able to offer this tea.

    Harvest:  Hand-picked in small batches. Late Winter 2017. Songbolin, Taiwan.

    Elevation: 400m

  • This year's late winter harvest of Four Seasons Spring leaves were picked just at the right time of reaching full size but still young and supple. They were skillfully oxidized to produce a wonderfully floral aroma balanced by a substantial fruity flavor that lingers long after drinking.

    The range of character in this batch is striking. The initial floral aroma is followed by fresh berry tones and finishes in an amazingly complex bouquet that lingers and subtly transforms. Another unique batch from this very special source.

  • The Story Of This Tea

    Around 1981, a Mu Zha tea farmer in Taipei County discovered a naturally occurring hybrid oolong in his tea garden that proved to be particularly suitable to the climate on Taiwan. Since then, it has gained popularity for its reliable produce and unique flavor and character. Now it is cultivated extensively as a signature oolong tea that is unique to the island of Taiwan. The name “Si Ji Qun” was chosen for the plant’s prolific year-round leaf growth, allowing for at least four harvests annually that produce a fresh, fragrant character of tea that is unique among oolongs.

    This batch of tea leaves come from the most active tea maker and merchant we know. This man enters virtually every Oolong Tea competition in Taiwan, including the largest and most prestigious Oolong Tea competition in the world. He consistently achieves high ratings in all of these competitions. 

    In the last few years, he has formed a cooperative with his neighboring farmer friends who share the same high standards of cultivation and processing. This is in order to collectively produce a significant enough volume to be able to compete with larger scale productions of tea in this region, while maintaining the quality control standards of small, privately-run farms. Wholesale dealers of tea typically buy tea from large scale producers in quantities of thousands of pounds per harvest.

    This co-op of farmers employs farming methods that use no chemical fertilizers or weed killers, and only a minimal amount of water soluble pesticides are administered at the beginning of the growing season. The tea leaves are randomly tested for trace chemical residue, and this team of farmers share their expertise in continually developing the most effective methods for cultivating quality tea.

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