• Reviews

    Exploring the Green Teas of Sichuan with Four Seasons Tea Co.

    I’ve been meaning to get this post out for a while now but my backlog is vast. So much tea, such little time! The Teavana location that I worked at finally shut its doors so I’m no longer juggling two jobs. Hopefully, this will give me a lot more free time to get back to what I love doing. Thank you all for hanging with me and still supporting everything I do here on the blog! Jeff from Four Seasons Tea Co. has been my go-to guy for oolong and fine black teas ever since we were introduced a few years ago. When he emailed letting me know that he just got in…


  • Reviews

    Four Seasons Tea Co. Lan Hua Xiang Oolong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 10 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I hate to break it to you, tea friends, but I have another really awesome Four Seasons Tea Co. tea to tell you about. I will not be held responsible for any damage that might now be done to your wallet or yearly tea budget. At $1 per gram, this tea is not an inexpensive one. I do have to say that it is definitely worth it for a special treat. Proceed at your own risk. 😜 Those of you familiar with Phoenix mountain oolongs might know that the…

  • Reviews

    Four Seasons Tea Tie Luo Han

    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: dark, twistedIngredients: oolong teaSteep time: 15 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep gold Wuyi oolongs are one of those types of tea that I have fantasies about focusing on exclusively for an extended period of time. Truth be told I love all tea a little too much to do that anytime soon but that just might be my retirement plan. In the meantime, I’ve definitely enjoyed digging into Four Seasons Tea’s catalog. Tie Luo Han is one of the Si Da Ming Cong, or four famous varieties of Wuyi yancha. The name means Iron Arhat which roughly translates as “warrior monk”. Arhat more closely means “noble…

  • Reviews

    Four Seasons Tea Tan Yang Gong Fu Jin Cha Xiang

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown Four Seasons Tea Co. is a fairly new to me company but I’m been very impressed so far. Their Da Hong Pao was the best I ever had so I couldn’t wait to dig into the other samples that they were kind enough to share with me. Tan Yang Gong Fu is a very small leafed cultivar that hails from the Baiyun Mountain in Fujian. I’ll be sharing several other grades of Tan Yang Gong Fu in the future so keep an out out for those! The…

  • Interviews

    Podcast Episode 18: Interview with Jeff Kovac of Four Seasons Tea Co.

    I’ve been rather neglectful of my podcast lately, so much so that Twitter followers asked if there was a chance of bringing it back. Since I’ve scaled back my posting schedule a bit I’m going to make a concerted effort to film episodes more regularly. One of my favorite things about doing the podcast is getting to share the stories of the people behind the companies that I love. This episode is a perfect example of that. I recently made the acquaintance of Jeff Kovac from Four Seasons Tea Co. thanks to mutual tea friend +Tony Gebely. He shared some of his incredible tea with me and I can honestly say that his Da…

  • Reviews

    Four Seasons Tea Co. Mu Ben Da Hong Pao

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, dark and somewhat curled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: ranging from 6-60 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber This tea came to me in a round about way as they often do. +Geoffrey Norman wrote about it first and I was green with oolong envy. That was when +Tony Gebely let me know that he had actually already sent an email introduction between Jeff from Four Seasons Tea and myself. Somehow it went to old address but we were able to get that all sorted out. At first glance it looks like this tea is exorbitantly pricey but it’s probably about as close as any…