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Four centuries of Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese influence shaped Taiwan's tea culture over time. The island is famed for its oolong teas, which constitutes almost all of the nation's production. Taiwan's tea industry is driven by a collection of over 30,000 small-scale growers, consisting mostly of family-run gardens. In addition to producing just a fraction of the world's output, only about 10% of Taiwan's harvest is exported, making premium Taiwanese oolongs highly sought-after around the world.

The island's mountainous terrain and abundant rainfall combine to create a terroir ideal for cultivating tea. Tea grown on Taiwanese slopes are shrouded by thick fog both day and night. The limited sunlight and cooler mountain air slows growth, which yields exceptionally complex flavors.