2003 Reserve Four Season Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Roasted, Smoke, Toasted, Wood, Coffee, Mineral, Roasted nuts, Seaweed
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 256 ml

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  • “ETA: since I wrote this review a few months ago, I have almost gone through the 2oz I bought...Today, I lost count of all the gongfu infusions I made. I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS OOLONG!!...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have been literally steeping this ALL DAY LONG and it is lovely. I have had at least 8 good hearty steeps out of it and am still going pretty strong. It is lightening up now but the flavor is...” Read full tasting note
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  • “mmmmm now this? this is an oolong i can get behind. This is dark and beautiful and there's a woody, almost smokey but not quite flavour going on here. Yep, this is not your every day oolong, ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I've had this one for a little while now ran out of it bought more and now that's going to be a repeated cycle over and over with a bigger amount each time most likely, it's taking me long this...” Read full tasting note
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From Butiki Teas

Our aged oolong is sourced from the Dong Ding tea growing region of Nantou County in Taiwan and was harvested in the spring of 2003. The varietal is Si Ji Chuan also known as Four Season. Our aged oolong was crafted by blend master Chen Pei Wen and is re-roasted every 2-3 years to minimize moisture content. 2003 Reserve Four Season Oolong is a rich full-bodied silky tea. The charcoal-colored leaves of this smooth oolong produce notes of honey suckle, bark, and grass and has a natural sweetness with no astringency present. This tea is also low in caffeine.

Ingredients: Taiwanese Oolong Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

For more information, please visit: http://www.butikiteas.com

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31 tasting notes

I’ve never tried an aged oolong before. When I first opened the bag I was surprised at how dark the leaves are. They’re almost black. It had an unidentifiable smell. It didn’t smell particularly good or bad. I’m very sorry to say that I didnt enjoy this tea. I just didn’t care for the taste. I mean no disrespect to Butiki Teas. Maybe I don’t like aged oolongs? I think I’ll see if somebody that would appreciate this tea would be interested in a swap.

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144 tasting notes

My first aged tea. Wow. First steep was smokey, woody with a sweetness like burnt caramel. After that the smokiness got less and less and became more like roasty/toasty. I steeped up to 5 times western style the last for 8 minutes and the leaves were still not completely unfurled! I could tell I could’ve gotten more but I had to stop and I was not feeling well. A delicious intriguing tea

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Roasted, Smoke, Toasted, Wood

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

My favourite aged oolong! Glad you enjoyed it :-)


Me too! Looking forward to trying out the 1991 Da Ye aged oolong

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This sample came from Tommy. This is one of the oolongs that I didn’t order during Butiki’s birthday sale, and I was excited to receive it in a swap so I could try it anyway! The pellets are quite tightly rolled and extremely dark in color. Dry scent is very roasted autumn leaves, and it’s milder than I expected. I followed the instructions on Butiki’s website and did a 4 minute steep.

Once brewed, the tea smells very charred, kind of like burnt toast along with deeply caramelized sugar. It smells quite similar to strong coffee… and it actually tastes that way too! The first thing that comes to mind is dark roast coffee. It’s also quite nutty in a toasty kind of way. There’s a little bit of a seaweed or marine flavor that makes it a touch savory, along with a very mild mineral note.

Overall, this tea is quite unusual but I did enjoy trying it. I’ll definitely need to try it gong fu style as oolongs tend to be best that way in my (limited) experience. Come soon, gaiwan! :)

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Coffee, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Seaweed

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I like roasted oolongs western style, but green and lightly roasted oolongs I prefer gongfu.

Cameron B.

I tried this one gong fu style and didn’t find it to be much different from Western. :P

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137 tasting notes

Wow! This is one of the most uniquely flavored teas I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. The dry leaf is tightly curled and dark as the best kind of sin.

I followed the directions of 1 tsp (ok mayble a little more than 1 tsp) for 8 ounces of 180 water for 4 minutes and was rewarded with a deeply colored brew with a woody and slightly vegetal aroma.

First sip was sweet and fruity and nectary, almost a bug bitten flavor to me. There is a lot going on with this tea. There is the lovely roastiness, a woody bottom and that lilt of fruity, floral sweetness at the top that makes this tea sing. It’s bold and beautiful like Tina Turner:

I wish I had started on this gong fu style, but I have more and I will spend plenty of time with this.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Well someone was up bright and early! Good morning, sunshine!


This is my beloved aged oolong. So glad you liked it!! Gongfu it, you will enter the twilight zone…


I still don’t know how I missed this one at the sale. I’m such a goober sometimes!


I was up at 3 drank a shitload of tea, bought a minor shitload of tea (and a yixing) and then went back to sleep.


You rock missy :-)


LOL Friday night tea party!!!!

Cameron B.

Sars, I missed this one too! Waaaaaah.


oooooh……one day i will oolong….

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