On October 10th, Double Ten Day — National Day of the Republic of China, as we began winding down the 6th annual Global Tea Expo, we had the opportunity to host some tea people from New York! Michele, Jo, and Darlene had just attended an international Arts conference and were heading back to Taipei that afternoon to fly back to the USA the next day.
Our guests only had a couple hours to spend at the expo before catching the high speed rail to Taipei, and were clear about wanting to shop for tea and tea ware. So I escorted them through the throngs of shoppers and dozens of tea stalls in an attempt to meet their requests. They were able to pick up some interesting items in the short time they had, and appreciated my assistance in guiding and translating for them in their conversations with the tea farmers they met. Hopefully next time they will have more time to participate in the various cultural events that are an essential aspect of the Nantou Global Tea Expo.
We can see from the brewed leaves above that they resemble an Oolong Tea much more than a Black Tea. The bulk of the leaves still maintain their structural integrity, indicating that they have not been rigorously rolled, like a Black Tea would be. Only a portion of the leaf material was torn and squeezed to expose the sap, resulting in a more thorough oxidation. Most of the leaf material was treated with the skill and tact that an artisan Oolong Tea is made from. We feel that this is a more specialized batch of Hong Oolong in this respect.
Batch 71 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Hong Oolong Tea made by our source of Traditional Dong Ding Oolong as well as our Small Leaf Black Tea. Both of these teas that we regularly procure from this family-run farm are closely related to this month's batch of the Eco-Cha Tea Club. This is the premier batch of Hong Oolong Tea made by this Dong Ding Oolong artisan however, and it exists only because of our encouragement (not nagging!) about trying out a new recipe!
Taiwan is famous for High Mountain Oolong Teas, teas grown above 1000m elevation. The island actually has a number of High Mountain Tea regions, but only a few stand out as being world-renowned. Here we provide a brief overview of the top-4 Taiwan High Mountain Tea areas.