Taiwan (Formosa) Tea

Taiwan (Formosa) Tea

Taiwan (Formosa) Tea


Compared to the history on that of Chinese tea, tea from Taiwan, also known as Formosa tea, has only started in the 16th Century after the first discovery of wild tea trees in Nantou by Chinese immigrants. The name “Formosa Tea” was however not know to the world until 1869 after the huge success of the English merchant John Dodd who sold tea from this island as “Formosa Tea” in America. Oolong tea is the mainstream tea assortment in Taiwan that is being produced because of the origin of the immigrants who mainly came from Fujian. Their love of tea is intensive, creative and vivid. With the attitude, they make tea appeal to everyone and  irresistible.

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Shanlinxi (High Mountain) Winter Oolong 2017

Shanlinxi teagarden locates is at the East side of Zhushan (Nantou) and belongs to one of the most beautiful tea area in Taiwan, in particular for Oolong. Here, the main cultivar is Qing Xin Oolong, and the freshly harvested leaves are processed in the factory within 20 Min drive from the garden. This harvest was the last harvest of the year 2017 in the beginning of Winter. It was completely handpicked and has an intensive taste, very refreshing, smooth and round. 

Jahrgang: 2017 Winter

from 3.49 € *
100 g = 34.90 €

Mi Xiang Oolong - roasted over woodfire

from 4.50 € *
100 g = 45.00 €

Zhushan (green) Oolong 2017

Product no.: TW-ZHO-2017

Zhushan is located in the Southeast part of Nantou. It was harvest from a environmental friendly tea garden, which is at an altitude about 800m in the early Spring 2017. This tea garden is under tight watch by our tea master to make sure no pesticide or non-organic fertilizers is being used. It has a beautiful refreshing and sweetness in its taste, light but round, which make it fit especially well with warmer days. Its aroma also reminds me of plumeria, elegant and comfortable. 

Jahrgang: 2017 Frühling 

from 2.00 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Wenshan Pouchong / Baozhong 2017

Our Pouchong is coming from a small old tea town called Pinglin within the Wenshan area, where little tea gardens scattered like patchwork on the slope of hillside in North of Taipeh. This is one of the oldest tea planting area in Taiwan, and has already over 200 years of history. Pouchong is only upto 10% fermented, therefore some even group it into the green tea category. This tea has a mild, flowery with a subtle sweet, which reminds of melon. Very clean in taste and rich in texture. A wonderful Sommer / Autum tea.

Harvest: 2017 Spring

from 3.00 € *
100 g = 30.00 €

Alishan (roasted) Oolong 2016

Product no.: TW-ALO-R

This tea is coming from one of the personal managed teagardens of our tea baking master. From teagarden managing, picking, raw productioin to the final roasting, our master was not only actively involved to ensure the best quality. Tea baking/roasting is one of the most experience required stage for oolong production. The process is long, and the entire roasting last days or even months, since it is an extremely gentle process. Roasting does not only extend the shelf-life of the tea, but also refine the depth of the taste and texture. This is roasted/slow baked on gentle wood-coal-fire.

Year of harvest: 2016 

from 3.45 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Alishan (Gao Shan) Oolong (green) 2017

Product no.: TW-ALGS-2017

Alishan mountain, locates in the Chiayi district (1200-2300m), very much in the middle of Taiwan. This particular Alishan Oolong came from the teagarden, which is about 1600m above the sealevel. It is the first picking of the Spring season for this teagarden on a foggy morning. Even in the cup, you can almost feel the moisture in the air as it was just picked from the tea bushes. It is extremely smooth, and its freshness will fill the whole mouth cavity, mildly grassy with a comfortable bite. It has a beautiful texture. 

Year of harvest: 2017 Spring

from 15.50 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Li Hua Niang (Winter) 2016

Product no.: TW-LHN-2016

Who knows Li Shan Oolong, the picture of an refreshing floral-style green, light oxidized and not roasted Oolong in their head. This one will certainly give a complete different impression of what you might be awaiting. Not only is this particular Li Shan Oolong was made using rather traditional method: about 30% oxidized and medium roasted on Longan wood coal. It has very special taste and aroma. 

Year of harvest: 2016 (Winter) 

from 4.50 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Winter Jade Oolong 2016

Product no.: TW-JOO-2017

Finding Jade Oolong has become more and more difficult. It's been awhile ago, as we offered Jade Oolong. It was a rather ordinary and simple tea, but refreshing as well as with a nice texture, very easy to drink. This year, I especially asked for this tea to see how it might taste. However for 2017 harvest, I was too early. Because Jade Oolong requires strong sunlight, the warmth and prefer drier weather to develope its best character. So Summer is normally the time. 

But last Winter, there has been a few beautiful warm Winter days, plus the dry weather, it was just perfect for this Jade Oolong. So this Winter Jade Oolong is especially aromatic with a complex floral scent which changes with different brews. Apart from that, it is also extremely smooth with a very nice and long lasting floral aftertaste. 

Year of harvest: 2016

from 2.75 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Jinxuan 2017

Product no.: TW-JX-2017

Jinxuan is one of the most popular oolong from Formosa. It is completely cultivated and developed on this island. It is famous for its creaminess and is often called "milky oolong". However, its creaminess is actually coming from the nature of the plant itself, therefore the art of highlighting this character requires not only the "perfect weather" but also the skills and extensive understanding of the tea master. 

Since the quality of the raw material influenced greatly due to weather, the harvesting method and processing technique will be changed accordingly in order to express the best out of the batch. This batch of Jinxuan was bitten by the Jacobiasca formosana, which reflects again in its taste and resulting an even sweeter taste. 

Year of harvest: 2017 (Spring) 

from 2.50 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Jinxuan (hand-picked) 2017

Product no.: TW-JX(A)-2017

Jinxuan is one of the most popular oolong from Formosa. It is completely cultivated and developed on this island. It is famous for its creaminess and is often called "milky oolong". However, its creaminess is actually coming from the nature of the plant itself, therefore the art of highlighting this character requires not only the "perfect weather" but also the skills and extensive understanding of the tea master. 

Handpicking is greatly depends on weather, therefore a good quality product is very limited. This Jinxuan has a very creamy and elegant touch. Although it is not from a high altitude, it does reminds of a high quality Gao Shan Oolong. Smooth, creamy, sweet... very pleasing. 

Year of harvest: 2017 (Spring) 

from 3.95 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

White Ruby 2017

Product no.: TW-WR17

White Ruby is a very unique white tea that created by our Shanlinxi Hong Shui master. It was harvest by hand on a sunny Winter day of January 2017. Ruby is another name for Formosa #18, which is widely known for its Hong Cha. But this White Ruby is a new extension from this cultivar. Compare to its Hong Cha counterpart, White Ruby has a rather soft and gentle nature. Depending on your choice of water temperature, you can adjust it to your personal liking. For example: it is extremely soft, smooth and fruity with lower temperature (eg. 80°C for 2 Min.); on the other hand, when brewed with 100°C, it could also become more astringent (much less compare to its Hong Cha) with strength and a highlighted mintyness in its aftertaste especially. 

Harvest: Jan 2017

from 4.85 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Dong Ding (Green) - authentic (Spring) 2016

Following the traditional process, after the oxidation process is completed, the tea was roasted over woodfire slowly. This require extensive skill and experience to ensure that the tea won't be over done and at the same time keeping its bouquet character as well as creating a smooth and long lasting aftertaste. The fine feeling of the master decide the quality of the end-product. Compare to the "Dong Ding Roasted" version , this is only "llight" roasted, therefore a milder roasty flavour.

Year of harvest: 2016 - Spring

from 2.85 € *
100 g = 28.50 €

Sanxia Biluochun (Ming Qian) 2017

Product no.: TW-SXB-2017

Without any questions, Suzhou Dongting Lake in China is the origin of this tea. Because of the Chinese immigrants, the tea processing technique was brought to Taiwan. Until nowadays, the North of Taiwan - Sanxia - has become home of this Biluochun since over 200 years. During the colonial time under the Japanese (1919 - 1949), green tea experienced their lowest tide. Thanks again to immigrants leaving China after the war and the Japanese pullout from Taiwan in 1949, it came that the Chinese were missing the taste from home - Longjing and Biluochun. And so the revival time of green tea production began. This tea has become more than a mere replacement of Biluochun. Despite being originally drunken as "just a replacement”, this Biluochun tastes a bit heavier than its Chinese counterpart, while being very elegant, creamy and easily yielding 4 or more infusions.

Year of harvest: 2017 (Ming Qian)

from 2.65 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Taoyuan Four Seasons Oolong

Product no.: TW-TYFS-2017
from 2.50 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Formosa #18 Ruby 2014

Product no.: TW-SM18-14
from 13.50 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days

Formosa Assam 2016

Product no.: TW-SMA-16
from 2.75 € *

can be shipped within 1-3 days
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