34 • Si Ji Chun
A tea with an aroma of yellow flowers, like honeysuckle, mimosa and lily. The tea tastes like fruit, honey, vanilla and roasted grains. It tastes good with sweet old cheese and spicy food, like a curry.
The Si Ji Chun is an oolong tea from Taiwan and is also called a blue-green tea. This tea comes from an exclusive tea garden in the high mountains of Taiwan. Here it is grown according to traditional methods and especially selected by Madame Tseng for De Eenhoorn. The name of the tea means four seasons, because it can be produced in every season with the same quality.
An oolong is a half fermented tea. This tea has an oxidation of 35%. The plant has bright green leaves. After harvest, the leaves are spread out in the sun to wither. They are regularly shaken and rolled by hand to break the edges. Oxidation will take place at these spots. As soon as the edges turn red, they are cooked in a pan on the fire for 15 minutes to stop the fermentation.