Taiwan: treasure for oolong tea lovers

It’s believed that Taiwan produces the best oolong teas in the world. I do not agree with that statement hundred percent, simply because wuyi oolongs such as Da Hong Pao come to mind. That’s said there is no argument that Taiwanese oolong teas are treasure for tea lovers.Taiwan owes this fame to the immigrants arrived from Fujian, China in the mid-nineteenth century.

Photo courtesy of Fumiaki Yoshimatsu
Photo courtesy of Fumiaki Yoshimatsu

Taiwan, formerly named Formosa, is famous for its mountains known for their tea such as Alishan, Yushan and Lishan. Oolong teas coming from these mountains are known as high mountain oolong teas and they are highly revered among tea connoisseurs . Elevation at these mountains ranges from 600 meters to 2500 meters.These oolong teas are lowly or medium oxidized teas contrary to Wuyi oolongs of China. They are very aromatic, expensive and limited in production. Among these teas are Dong Ding, Baozhong, Oriental Beauty and others. They are mostly produced for domestic consumption and hardly make it out of Taiwan. So you’re so lucky or financially in a good situation if you had the chance to savor high quality Taiwanese oolong teas.

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