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.