In concurrence with the Nantou Global Tea Expo, the National Craft Research And Development Institute hosted activities and exhibits related to Taiwan's tea culture. One of these was an amazing exhibit of modern bamboo structures designed for traditional tea parties.
Another was a hands-on seminar in bamboo tea scoop making. A master of the craft was on site, sharing his skills, and guiding participants on how to design and make their own elegant yet practical tea scoop.
As shown in the photo above, a variety of designs were on display for students to refer to in choosing a shape and size they preferred. The instructor would then cut out the template according to the student's request, and show them how to shape the cutout by hand to achieve the desired result.
The workshop on tea scoop making was a singular event as part of the Nantou Global Tea Expo production, along with others such as an Oolong Tea making demonstration by prize-winning tea artisans from all over Taiwan. The bamboo teahouse exhibit will on display until April 2016. This is just one more primary example of how much Taiwan has to offer the world in its living embodiment of tea culture in the 21st century.
This batch of Alishan High Mountain Jin Xuan Oolong summer 2020 harvest has a very pronounced buttery character. Starting with the leaves put into the pre-heated tea judging cup, they exuded a pronounced buttered toast/popcorn aroma. But the flavor profile is replete with an uncanny buttered popcorn note, it's almost unbelievable! How can tea leaves do this?! It's not only buttered popcorn either! There are distinct floral and vegetal notes that balance out the incredulous and delicious buttered popcorn flavor. OK, enough repetitive description! Click hereto get your share.
This is what an award winning Wenshan Baozhong Tea looks like, in its dry leaf state, of course. Notice the uniformity in the size and coloration of the leaves. The yellow hues are only in the spine of the leaves, which would naturally protrude into a stem, but the stems have been removed, along with the larger, lighter colored, over-matured leaf stock. This uniformity of leaf material offers a pure flavor profile. It allows for a complexity of aromatic and flavor notes, but it comes from a uniform stock which is essential in producing a purity of character. This is a fundamental aspect of competition grade tea. It's not muddled. It's refined.
Batch #55 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is an award-winning Wenshan Baozhong Tea that was entered in the recent spring tea competition of the local Farmers' Association. Preparation for competition involves removing the bulkier stems from the leaves, and also sorting the leaves by coloration to achieve the most uniform stock of leaf material possible.