Citrus Flower Scented Four Seasons Oolong Lot 440

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Flowers, Oolong Tea
Flavors
Flowers, Honey, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Citrus, Floral
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “I’d never heard of Pomelo flowers, but this tea caught my attention as I was browsing Taiwan Tea Crafts. Its description sounded similar to orange blossoms from which perfumey orange flower water...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one as I don’t tend to love floral scented teas (as much as I love floral notes in my teas) and this one was baked as well. But I’ve never seen pomelo...” Read full tasting note
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Our Four Seasons Citrus Flower Oolong started off as an idea that blossomed while walking through a Pomelo plantation in the mountains nearby. Pomelos are big citrus fruits which abound in our very own village. They somewhat resemble a big grapefruit but are quite different in taste and aroma. They are sweeter, less acid, less juicy but exotically delicious. The flowers give off a sweet marmelade-like citrus aroma. Our challenge was to find a grower that would consider selling us some flowers. Most refused as less flowers on the tree also means less fruits to sell. We ended up picking some ourselves from an abandoned grove. Then, our family’s three generations of know-how in naturally scenting teas produced a few lots using different cultivars. The naturally vibrant floral character of the Four seasons (Si JI Chun) cultivar seemed to best match the fresh tangy citrus notes of the Pomelo flower. This tea will render a balanced yet expressive cup that is very refreshing hot or cold.

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I’d never heard of Pomelo flowers, but this tea caught my attention as I was browsing Taiwan Tea Crafts. Its description sounded similar to orange blossoms from which perfumey orange flower water is derived and just happens to be one of my all-time favorite culinary flavorings. It’s a flavor I’ve long sought in tea but alas most teas labeled orange blossom are actually flavored with citrus fruit, not flowers.

TTC’s citrus flower oolong didn’t quite taste like what I imagined but that doesn’t matter because the flavor is unique and enjoyable on its own. This tea smells and tastes like a bouquet of wildflowers. Subtle notes of jasmine float in the background and hints of crisp citrus emerge as it cools. A very pleasant and refreshing tea that leaves behind a syrupy, flowered aftertaste.

Getting the steeping parameters down is important to getting the most out of this tea. The wildflower tones, while delightful, can be almost cloying if you overleaf as I initially did. After some experimentation, I settled on 1.5 tsp of tea per 4 oz for steep times of 50s/40s/50s/60s/70s/90s.

Kudos to TTC for another impressive floral scented tea!

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Jasmine, Orange Blossom

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one as I don’t tend to love floral scented teas (as much as I love floral notes in my teas) and this one was baked as well. But I’ve never seen pomelo flowers added to tea (or anything!) so I went conservative and picked up 25g just to try. I have to admit, I’m regretting not picking up a bit more!

It’s so delightful! Light, refreshing, more complex than I assumed. Very floral, of course. Close to magnolia or jasmine but much less perfumed. A good bit of tangerine comes out in both scent and taste.
I steeped this gong-fu first and fell in love! Absolutely perfect in every way, especially the latter steeps where the citrus flower scent is lessened and you can taste the other notes in the tea. Later I continuous steeped this one and loved it as well. Less complex, but so yummy.

I just have to say how impressed I am with Taiwan Tea Crafts. Every single thing I’ve had from them has been incredible. And the free samples they give come with handwritten personalized notes, which is a lovely touch. Shipping is quite quick as well, only 2 days from Taiwan to SF customs and 4 days to my home from there. I’m desperately trying to put myself on a tea buying hiatus, but I may need to make just one more TTC order…

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Orange Blossom

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
LuckyMe

This one caught my eye when I was browsing TTC. I was on the fence about it since I haven’t liked citrus teas in the past, but your insightful review swayed me. I too am on a tea buying hiatus but I just may order a sample of this in the future.

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It’s really quite good! If you want a sample before you buy, let me know.

LuckyMe

Just noticed your comment now. I ended up pulling the trigger on this tea and like you the only regret I have is I didn’t order more!

cookies

Hah, I ended up getting 100g. Kind of want to try the black version now though…

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