Four Seasons Bergamot Oolong (佛手柑烏龍茶), or Earl Grey Oolong, is a lightly oxidised oolong that is grown around Mingjian Township in Nantou County, Taiwan. The naturally floral character of the Four Seasons cultivar used to make this tea is complimented by addition of bergamot peel and flavouring. The resulting tea has a bright character with a pronounced citrus flavour and bergamot aroma while retaining a balanced taste. May 2020 harvest, scented in December 2020.
This Bergamot Oolong is named after the cultivar that is used to make it, Si Ji Chun (四季春); which translates as Four Seasons Spring. The cultivar favours low altitude conditions and provides farmers with a consistent crop throughout the whole year. The leaves that are plucked from Si Ji Chun plants have a fresh and light flowery aroma year round, making it particularly suitable for flavoured oolong teas.
This ‘Earl Grey Oolong’ undergoes dual scenting. First the tea master introduces pieces of dried citrus that is know as Buddha’s hand citron or fingered citron (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis). This citrus is of similar profile to bergamot (Citrus bergamia) and the Chinese name Fo Shou Gan (佛手柑) is often used to describe the bergamot flavour. Named after the appearance of the fruits that resemble the hand of the Buddha, it is a popular choice in many Asian countries for perfuming and various flavouring purposes. The citrus used is grown locally in Yuchi Township on the shores of Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County. After the addition of dried fruit pieces, the tea also undergoes light scenting with natural bergamot flavour from France.
We source this Four Seasons Bergamot Oolong direct from the farmer in Taiwan. The tightly rolled leaves are interspersed with bergamot peel. The liquor produced is clear and has a bright colour with a bergamot aroma. The taste is smooth and refreshing with creamy, floral and tart citrus notes. A very refreshing drink, also perfect for making super-refreshing iced tea!
If you enjoy this tea, make sure to try out our Jasmine Oolong!
This Four Seasons Bergamot Oolong tea is best brewed at 90°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste and can be brewed multiple times, increasing steeping time with each next brew if desired. To make iced tea, follow the brewing guidelines and let the tea cool before refrigerating.