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.
Oolong teas have been cultivated for over a thousand years, dating as far back as the Qing dynasty. A multitude of preparation methods have proliferated since. This oolong from Taiwan is sun dried and gently tossed in bamboo baskets. The resulting cup is an excellent expression of classic oolong flavors, showcasing floral notes with a touch of doughy spiciness.
This is a specialty oolong that's only produced in the Taiwanese highlands. A meticulously controlled process limits fermentation to the edge of each leaf, while preserving a green center. This unique technique rewards the drinker with an elevated oolong showing added layers of flavor. This is a great tea for those looking for an oolong with exceptional depth.
The Pearl Oolong is an extraordinary tea. A rarity from the Taitung region in southeastern Taiwan, the tea is carefully plucked and rolled by hand. The combination of an ideal microclimate and extra long oxidation period imparts notes of dried apricot to an absolutely plush body. The distinct character of this tea will leave a lasting impression, even on later infusions. We keep coming back to this one...staff favorite!
Honey Grasshopper is a specialty tea cultivated in the breathtaking Hualien district of Taiwan. Native grasshoppers favor these young leaves, and their saliva reacts with the tea plant to produce its signature combination of floral and honey notes. This tea is full-bodied with a silky texture from start to finish.