Four Seasons Red
Notes of pumpkin, maple, and honeysuckle.
Red tea from Taiwan・April 2018・四季紅・Organic
Given the right conditions and expert craftsmanship, the most common tea cultivars can be elevated to great heights.
This tea is crafted from the sijichun cultivar (four seasons spring). Highly adaptive and able to produce through multiple seasons (thus the name), this is a fairly prolific cultivar in Taiwan. More often than not, it's seen in mass produced green oolongs.
From there, this tea departs from the norm. It is grown at 1500m on Lishan. High elevation planting of this cultivar is unusual, as most growers prefer the clear heart cultivar for its thinner, more delicate leaves. At elevation, sijichun leaves grow thick and coarse, making it an ideal candidate for producing a complex red. The elevation gives this tea texture, finish, and complexity.
The tea maker worked with these inputs to craft a tea that is both unexpected and unique in texture, aroma, and taste. For the 2018 crop, we asked the tea maker to forgo the charcoal roasting that gave the previous incarnation a peanut note. The result is a tea that retains more of the cultivar’s natural character, with notes of pumpkin, maple, and honeysuckle..
Brew: 5 grams・150 ml・205° F・1 min
This tea is a pleasure to brew, from dry leaves through final steep. It readily releases aroma and flavor without requiring a long steep time, yet can withstand longer steeping without producing bitterness or astringency. This is all to say that a brew guide - other than the dosage and temperature parameters we list - is probably not necessary.
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|