My first purchase from J,s Teas. I,d browsed his site many times and seen his videos on You Tube. He,s got a lot of interesting tea,s, for the most part Taiwan Oolongs. Instead of going straight for the premium tea selections (like I usually do) I decided to go in the other direction and try some of his least expensive tea,s. Four Seasons Like Spring Oolong is a product of cross straining but originates with the Iron Goddess cultivar. As the name implies this tea can be harvested all year round and produce,s tea with characteristics of a traditional spring harvest tea. Grown at an elevation of 3600 ft. And at $68.00 a lb. it,s a pretty affordable Oolong. In this price range it,s probably safe to say that it,s machine harvested. Which I don't mind but what that usually means is that the teas aroma and flavor are going to release very quickly, in other words, not real durable. I,d be surprised to get more than three good infusions. Lets just see what we have here.
The dry leafs appearance is actually better than I was expecting. A really nice green color and the tea is pretty tightly rolled. The dry leafs aroma is also quite nice, very fresh and slightly floral with just a hint of spice in the background. There is a lot of depth in this teas aroma, smells great! As for the flavor? Also better than I anticipated, kind of a cross between a Oolong and a Green Tea. The dry leafs aroma accurately reflects in the flavor, green, floral and spice. The durability is also better than what I expected 4 to 5 infusions. This is a really good value in Taiwan Oolongs that I would buy again. Much more complexity than I would have thought but a little on the light side. A slight resemblance of Lemon Verbena in the aroma and flavor.
Like I stated earlier, J,s has a really good selection of Oolong Tea,s. A lot of them are really high end tea,s and quite expensive. But as in most things "you get what you pay for" Josh is also pretty generous with the samples, of which he sent me several. I,ll be ordering some more of his premium tea,s soon, cant wait.