"Four Seasons" Oolong tea
A mildly oxidized oolong tea from Mingjian Township in Nantou County, Taiwan. It delivers a fragrant, gentle, and bright infusion with a wonderful honeysuckle aroma and piquant taste that is produced by tightly rolling the leaves. The flavor profile is light and smooth, with a flowery and sweet flavor and a somewhat creamy aftertaste. This tea is plucked 6–8 times a year in all “four seasons” -hence its name origin- from 25-year-old bushes.
Oolong Tea Brewing Instructions
Oolong tea, when prepared the right way, is flavor-packed, and wonderful, instead of bitter.
- Hot Brew
- Heat the water to just under boiling temperature (80° - 90° C). If you don't have a thermometer, bring the water to a boil, then let it cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water. If you prefer a stronger cup, include more tea instead of a longer steep time to prevent the likelihood of a more bitter flavor.
- Pour the heated water over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 1-3 minutes or more. Small leaves infuse more quickly than large leaves. The amount of time you steep your tea depends on your taste preferences; a longer period equals a stronger tea. At the one-minute mark, taste the tea, and then every 30 seconds after that until you find the flavor that you like most.
- Oolong tea can often be steeped 2 or 3 times, producing new flavors with each cup. Slightly increase the water temperature and steeping time for each brew.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
- Cold Brew
A cold infusion delivers flavors that are sweeter, smoother, more complex, and can be made in a number of different ways.
The Fast Way
Follow the steps as shown in the "Hot Brew", but use less water, and perhaps even more tea, in order to produce tea concentrate.
Strain and pour over ice or cold water.
20' to 60' Ready
Add 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 200ml - 250ml of water. Pour ice-cold water over the tea, stir, cover, and steep for 20 minutes at least. Serve over ice and enjoy.
Overnight Ice Tea
Add 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 200ml - 250ml of water. Pour room-temperature water over the tea, stir, cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!
◉ Green, Black, White, Oolong, and Pu-erh all come from the same plant, containing variable amounts of caffeine. In general, black and pu-erh teas have the highest amount, followed by oolong teas, green teas, and the lowest amount found in white teas.
◉ Dried teas should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor.