Four Seasons Oolong
Reviewed by: Rebekkah
|Type of tea
|Where I got it
|How I brewed it
1.5 tsp in 20-oz teapot, boiled water with 1 ice cube melted in, steeped for 2.5 minutes
Like most oolongs, rebrews well at least a second time. Haven't tried a third yet, but I see no reason why it wouldn't go for at least 3-4 brews. It's an oolong, after all.
It's a decent oolong. I recommend using more tea to water than I've noted for brewing here--I like my tea on stronger side, and 1.5 tsp for 20 oz is a bit weak for my tastes. I've made it stronger before, however, and it was good. There are other oolongs I love more, but this one is definitely good, a solid and well-flavored brew with a nice, earthy oolong scent. It's got a light taste, but you can definitely smell the tea.
Cooled to room temperature (such as by forgetting the mug at hand while browsing on FB for too long...), and I can't even taste it, just smell it. It's got the taste of good water with a nice scent, so if you're not a huge tea drinker but want the benefits of tea, I'd suggest this tea, room temperature or even cooled. If you're a huge tea-lover, then keep it warm, or else you won't be able to taste your tea!
Really, I can't think of anything particular to say about this oolong. It's good, and good quality, but not as spectacular as Osmanthus or High Mountain (for an unflavored oolong) to my tastebuds. It's a bit on the pricey side, so if you have a choice, just go for a real Taiwanese oolong. If you have trouble getting your hands on one of those, or are at Teavana with a gift certificate and want something more on the earthy side than the grassy side, this is a good choice. If you're more on the slightly closer to green side of oolongs, and don't mind paying a bit more, monkey-picked oolong is your best bet.
Long story short: Quite good, but not great; brew strong for best results.