Yesterday I visited Eco-Cha's source of Tsui Yu Jade Oolong, Jin Xuan Milk Oolong, and Four Seasons Spring Oolong. These are three hybrid oolong varietals that thrive in the foothills of Nantou County.
I went to pick up the rest of the bulk 40 lb. bags that we had bought some of just after winter harvest. Upon my arrival I learned that my friend had won first place in both the Tsui Yu Dong Ding Oolong category and the Jin Xuan Dong Ding Oolong category in the 2013 Nantou County winter tea competitions.
Hard at work preparing for winter competitions:
He received the rare “Double Champion Award” for being the first place winner of the Jin Xuan Dong Ding Oolong category in two consecutive competitions - spring and winter 2013.
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We recently visited Mr. Liu when we hosted a visitor from Italy who was keen on experiencing the local tea culture. Our guest was truly elated to be served tea by a true artisan of the trade. Mr. Liu served us three different teas that were all locally harvested this past spring. They varied only in their degree oxidation and roasting. And the one that was sufficiently oxidized, but only lightly roasted, immediately impressed us.