Taiwanese Teas

Taiwan, or Formosa as it was named by the Portuguese, began its tea journey in the 18th century when the first tea plants were brought there from Fujian. Within its several tea growing regions, Taiwan has made a name for itself by producing what are considered to be some of the best teas in the world, most notably their Formosa Oolongs. Most famous among these are Formosa Pouchong, Oriental Beauty and Tie Guanyin.

The small island provides a distinct climate for the tea plants to grow in. Its proximity to the equator, combined with its mountainous regions result in ideal conditions. Taiwan's most famous teas are those grown at its peak elevations, which are some of the highest in the world. It is this altitude where the leaves are exposed to cooler temperatures, while being shaded by continuous cloud cover that yields a cup that is less bitter, with a complex flavor. Making Taiwanese tea a truly unique experience.

While Taiwan does produce high quality teas, it does not however, produce a high volume. The vast majority of the tea grown there is consumed there, as it also maintains a very strong tea culture.

Ali Shan

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Yu Ting Chen's
ali shan special
A silky cup that tells of its high altitude origin and beautiful tender leaves.

Wen Shan

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Yu Kui Weng's
formosa fancy bai hao
The cup is one of peach blossoms with a lingering honey note.

New Taipei

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Su Wen-Song's
wen shan pouchong
A lightly oxidized oolong renowned for its heavenly floral aroma and taste.


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yu chi taiwan grown assam black
Grown by farmers who prefer the traditional methods of tea processing.

Long Tan

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Bao Zhu Fan's
formosa ruby 18 black
Notes of spice, a hint of caramel, and a whisper of toasted vanilla bean.