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The First of the Taiwan oolongs

Taiwan, a small island rich in fruits and agriculture, as well as, traditional Chinese and indigenous cultures alike, is also one of the most important tea regions in the world. One can not claim to be a tea aficionado without having some first hand experiences with Taiwan oolong teas. This season, Taiwan has been afflicted with bad weather like other regions, and all of the harvests have been delayed.  Baochong, for example, one of our favorite oolong teas of all time, has just been harvested and ready to ship to us. Boasting of the intense fragrance of lilac flowers and gardenias, with a vegetal sweet taste and superb refreshing finish in the palate and throat, this is a lightly oxidized oolong, so that one can enjoy the fresh nutrients of green tea, while enjoying the best aromatics that an oolong as to offer. In the region across the way is…

This year I decided on some top notch Four Seasons, a more or…

This year I decided on some top notch Four Seasons, a more or less entry level accessible intro to Taiwanese oolong, with all the aromas of a tropical island, spiciness, and dry fruit peel finish. It is a great year for tea drinkers and woeful one for the farmers. The price did not increase much though there is no quantity, the Taiwanese are fair. The teas are determined by elevation and so, they don’t inflate prices such as the way they do in China. So I encourage everyone to try Taiwanese Oolongs this year, at least even at an inexpensive Four Seasons. I always maintain- if you did the math on tea bags, you might cry. 1.5gm of tea dust at $45 per lb or $120 p/lb for those ‘silken’ teabags made with plastic and filled with- who knows what. You might as well support real artisans from places of origin! And I, for my part, can continue to travel, personally inspect and get to know, the artisans and their teas and never buy mass produced, possibly tainted, middlemen handled, mediocre tea at expensive quality vs. price ratios!