Si Ji Chun Four Seasons Oolong Tea
DMS Si Ji Chun Four Seasons Oolong Tea, rolled, handpicked, from Doi Mae Salong, North Thailand, is harvested from a special, relatively “modern” tea plant species that was developed in the 1980 in Taiwan’s Alishan mountain region and imported in North Thailand first in 1994. The Four Seasons hybrid is particularly characterized by two features: 1. The Four Seasons plant owes its name to the fact that produces virtually four “spring” harvests in a year, where other tea plants after the spring harvest, which is usually considered as the year’s best harvest, will show a gradual decline in quality. 2. The Four-Seasons plant is relatively altitude-indifferent, i.e. other than most tea plant species it produces the same high quality tea leaves in lower altitudes as it does in higher ones.
In North Thailan, the plant finds – especially in the mountain region of Doi Mae Salong, where this tea is still exclusively handpicked – at altitudes between 1200 and 1800 meters and a seasonal change of a rainy, a hot and dry and a cool period in a 4-months rhythm optimal climate and geographic conditions, which are very similar to these in the tea plant’s region of origin.