Higher elevation farmers that we've asked have all said that it has been a late season (longer winter), but so far conditions are favorable for spring harvest. They estimate that harvest will simply be one or two weeks later than usual. Farms at around 1000m elevation in Nantou County are preparing to harvest in the second week of April. At 1500m, harvest will begin in the beginning of May. Higher elevations will be later yet, so presumably the highest farms on Lishan and Dayuling will not be harvested until mid-June.
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Red Oolong offers a smooth, balanced, mildly sweet, rich but not quite bold flavor profile, with elements of fruit compote, pumpkin pie, and a hint of dried flowers. This ultra-friendly character, combined with the fact that almost all Red Oolong is cultivated naturally on the southeast coast of Taiwan, facing the wide open Pacific, which reminds a North American of Washington State or British Columbia, is no wonder why it is rapidly gaining popularity on the international market. Once again, Taiwan leads the way in Oolong Tea innovation!