Free global shipping on orders $35 or more!

Nantou County Global Tea Expo!

October 02, 2013

This Saturday, October 5th will be the opening of the 4th annual Nantou County Global Tea Expo. Having participated in the event over the last three years, we are anxious to experience what's new about this year's production. We know that this year it has been expanded to include all of Taiwan's specialty agriculture along with the produce that Nantou is most famous for - world class tea.

In addition to tea, we can expect locally produced exotic vinegars, preserved plums,  fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, dried fruits, honey, coffee, tisanes, even wines and liqueurs! Tea, of course will be the prominent commodity - both in open activities in and in the volume of vendors offering their current harvests. 

Nantou is the largest tea producer of all counties in Taiwan and home to some of the most skilled tea artisans in the world. Last year's highlights in our experience were the Tea Cultural Exhibit along with the Champion Tea Tasting

In the Cultural Exhibit Hall was a wonderfully winding maze of rooms - each artistically designed to express the flavor of tea culture being presented. There were trendy modern designs, formal traditional displays from various cultures, as well as more contemplative, natural decor and tea culture to partake in and be enjoyed. It was all a bit overwhelming to absorb in limited visits last year, so we plan to experience this exhibit over several days this year to sit and experience the living art of tea. We promise photos and stories in weeks to come...

The Champion Tea Tasting was a first in our experience. For a nominal fee, we partook in a cupping of 10 different Champion Prize winning teas from competitions all around Taiwan. The teas were served by professional tea judges who readily answered any questions we had. It was truly an educational experience to sample the premium selections of Taiwan's 10 most famous tea types.

There are many more activities and exhibits to enjoy, including the 1000 People Brew Tea event where we will be serving tea this Sunday afternoon, but mostly it is an unprecedented opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of Taiwan Tea. Meeting local farmers and government officials alike in the context of tea is both fun and meaningful. The Global Tea Expo will be held for a full three weeks this year, so we'll have plenty of time to enjoy to the fullest, and we'll be sure to share our experiences with you in the weeks to come.

 





Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

ECO-CHA TEA CLUB: GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNING DONG DING CUI YU OOLONG TEA TASTING NOTES
ECO-CHA TEA CLUB: GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNING DONG DING CUI YU OOLONG TEA TASTING NOTES

October 11, 2018

The hybrid strain of Cui Yu (翠玉), a.k.a. Tsui Yu, or Jade Oolong, can withstand traditional processing methods of heavier oxidation and roasting with good results. This hybrid strain that became popular in the late 1980's and 1990's along with Jin Xuan, is now becoming relatively rare. 

View full article →

Eco-Cha Tea Club: Gold Medal Award Winning Dong Ding Cui Yu Oolong Tea
Eco-Cha Tea Club: Gold Medal Award Winning Dong Ding Cui Yu Oolong Tea

October 06, 2018

This month's batch of tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club was entered into in the spring 2018 Nantou County Tea Trade Association's Dong Ding Tsui Yu (Cui Yu) Tea Competition, and received the Gold Medal Award. This award ranks within the top 5% of all entries.

View full article →

Shanlinxi High Mountain Oolong Tea harvest. Tea leaves being picked by hand.
Taiwan's Top Ten Most Famous Teas

September 14, 2018

Here's a list of the top 10 teas that Taiwan is most famous for, followed by a brief description of each one. The word Oolong refers to any type of partially oxidized tea i.e. from 5% to 85% oxidation. It also refers to specific processing methods that clearly distinguish it from Green and Black Tea types.

View full article →