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A Fine Fall Harvest Of Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Tea

September, 28, 2016

We've been procuring High Mountain Tea from this region for over 20 years. And it has only been in recent years that we've discovered that quality batches of tea are produced from both summer and fall harvests — and at a significantly lower price than spring and winter harvests. While readily admitting that we, along with the majority of avid tea lovers in Taiwan, were perhaps snobbishly prejudiced toward spring and winter harvests  — wanting only what has been promoted to be the best choices — we also happily acknowledge that there has been been progress in the production of High Mountain Tea.

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Inaugural Dong Ding Tea Making Workshop In Phoenix Village

September, 23, 2016

The Yonglong Fenghuang Community recently conducted its inaugural local workshop emulating the Lugu Farmers' Association's model of a Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea making practicum. This community is the historical heart of Dong Ding Oolong Country. It is where this specialty tea originated and continues to represent the most traditional methods of Dong Ding Oolong tea making.

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Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea Making Workshop In Taiwan

September, 8, 2016

Last year, our tea mentor Tony Lin, who has developed this competition over the last 30 years, decided that is was important to educate the new generation of tea judges on traditional tea making. So he created this workshop where 4 or 5 elder artisans are invited to demonstrate their tea making methods to their descendants who are organized into teams of about 12 apprentices each. Tony believes that only by offering a direct experience of what is involved in the making of Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea will this next generation be able to recognize the characteristics of this local specialty, and thereby preserve it in the quality standards on which this competition is based.

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