The Assamica varietal tea plant was brought to Taiwan by the Japanese in the early 1920’s. Under the Japanese rule of the day, it was planned to create strong competition against the dominant British black tea market. Yuchi at Sun Moon Lake was identified as the best region for the Black Tea industry and at that time was well-received throughout the world. Oolong teas for various reasons became very popular after the end of Japanese rule in 1945. Reaching a peak in the 80/90’s. Over the past 20 years, the popularity of Black Tea in Taiwan has increased substantially. The devastating earthquake of 1999 near Yuchi was a catalyst for the resurgence of the black tea industry. The local farmers enjoy creating aromas and flavours that are uniquely Taiwanese.
Location: Sun Moon Lake
Tea plant: Camellia Sinensis Assamica
Harvest Time: Summer
Teaware: glass, porcelain/ceramic pot
Amount: Fill 1/5 – 1/4 of the pot with leaf
Water: 100°C water
Infusions: 20secs | 20secs | 30secs | 40 secs | 110 secs