Master Four Seasons Organic Jade Oolong Tea Winter 2016

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190 °F / 87 °C 8 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “Heady florals and buttery. I got a cross between orchid, hyacinth, gardenia with a buttery body that was not quite honey-suckle like. There were slight lilac notes in the smell, but not quite as...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is a really nice tea with buttery and floral notes. It does not have any harsh vegetal notes to it. I steeped this eight times in a 150ml teapot with 8.2g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it...” Read full tasting note
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From Taiwan Sourcing

To have such a robust body and mesmerizing aroma is an uncommon pleasure from the Four Seasons Spring tea plant. For this year’s Master Four Seasons Spring, we decided to fetch the winter harvest as well simply for its outstanding quality achieved under the scrutiny of a master. Riding the crest of last years elegance, the “master four seasons winter” from this year is still amazing, and also carries little “Winter Rhythm” character in it.

This tea despite it’s very affordable price and low elevation origins, performs as well or better than most (more expensive) teas from higher elevations! Our master specifically only chose 30 jings of the best batches out of 1000 jings just for the best Four Seasons Spring experience for any tea lover to enjoy.

Thick, rich and complex aroma. A perfect addition to the tea collection of both casual and veteran oolong drinkers alike!

Harvest: Winter 2016 / 冬 二零一六

Varietal: Four Seasons Spring / 四季春

Elevation: 450 M

Region: Ming Jian / 名間

Oxidation Level: 25 %

Roast Level: 0

Storage Recommendation: Summer 2017 ~ Spring 2020

Certified Organic

Harvest Method: Machine

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From the first steeping this tea just pops with buttery, floral and vegetal vibrance. Has an almost Tie Guan Yin like “yun wei”. Very stable and infusable… got 8 very interesting steeps! Far beyond it’s price in quality!

Wet leaf aroma is just totally full of flower nectar and smells like a sunny spring day, fresh and vibrant. It has juicy vegetal, sweet and floral characteristics. This is really the affordable jade oolong daily drinker for those of you that love the fresh kick of spring in your day

An old dog has been a big fan of the “chocolate-like” aroma from Four Seasons Spring varietal, and this despite being low elevation and affordable priced jade oolong is the best representation for this kind of tea. We did carried the same tea from the same plantation and maker from this spring, and an old dog was very impressed with its overall performance. This winter version is still very impressive despite the warm climate of this winter. It carries an almost “winter rhythm” (or winter sprout) like flavor which an old dog really digs into. The only pitiful part is that an old dog forgot to keep some of the spring version for himself.

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Heady florals and buttery. I got a cross between orchid, hyacinth, gardenia with a buttery body that was not quite honey-suckle like. There were slight lilac notes in the smell, but not quite as sweet. This tea is green, but it was more floral and a tad grassy than vegetal. Oddly refreshing, and pretty similar to some Bao Zhongs I’ve had-that should be no surprise since this varietal is used fairly often for it.

Because I’ve been swimming in jade for my diet, I did add a little bit of honey in the last steep after five minutes of brewing for cup seven, and the honey did not overpower the tea. It actually complimented the florals well. I’d recommend it, but I’m not sure what I’d rate it yet. How much green oolong have I had today? ‘Cause I’m going to be SWIMMING in it soon.

LuckyMe

Your thorough reviews of Taiwan Sourcing teas are very helpful. My TTC and BTTC teas haven’t been as good recently and I’ve been curious to try their green oolongs for a while but the prices made me back down. I think this year I’ll finally pull the trigger and order from them.

Daylon R Thomas

I hope you did not pull the trigger just yet. I’ve actually enjoyed What-Cha’s green oolongs more lately, and I’ve noticed the same thing about BTTC. This one was good and creamy and had a little bit more complexity than a few Ali Shan’s that I’ve recently tried, but it was limited to the floral range. The honey was almost necessary to sweeten it up at all. As for the Winter Rhythm, it had the perfect body but none of the fruitier tones and a bare hint of honey. IF you are looking for mega floral/grassy oolongs, the ones I just reviewed are the way to go for a decent price.

Daylon R Thomas

And when I said the same thing about BTTC, I’ve noticed that I haven’t enjoyed them as much either. Moving on, there was some mention of disappointment with a few 2016 crops on the TS website though the recommendations of these were stronger than a few teas.

Daylon R Thomas

The Dong Ding was flat the last time I had it which really disappoints me because that was one of my very top oolongs out of all the ones I’ve tried.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m also willing to sell the less than 25 grams I have of this along with the 150 gram serving of Winter Rhythm for cheap if you haven’t already payed for something on your own.

LuckyMe

Thanks for heads up Daylon and for the offer. But I just received an order from Eco-Cha so I’m content for now.

Totally agree about BTTC Dong Ding. I used to love that tea, but last year I ordered it twice and ended up chucking it both times. It was practically undrinkable. Interesting how TTC and TS teas also had quality issues. I wonder if weather in Taiwan might have adversely affected last year’s crop. Let’s see what this season brings.

I’ve heard good things about What-Cha’s oolongs, particularly their Li Shan. I’ll be looking to order once it’s back in stock.

Daylon R Thomas

I was one of the first to write about that one lol. I have been antsy for it as well.

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This is a really nice tea with buttery and floral notes. It does not have any harsh vegetal notes to it.

I steeped this eight times in a 150ml teapot with 8.2g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 seconds.

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190 °F / 87 °C 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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