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Taiwanese Tea

Taiwanese Teas | Imperial Teas

An interesting variety of high quality teas are grown on the island of Taiwan on Chinese bushes planted three hundred years ago. The most famous of which are the type known as 'Oolong'. These partially oxidised teas with gentle, smooth and rounded liquor and alleged health benefits offer varied characteristics to their Chinese counterparts. This is partly due to the island's famous 'Yellow' soil and many micro-climates but also to the impeccable care taken to process the leaves and the great variety of strains of tea bush used. They are split into two types, 'Amber' which produce a darker though very smooth infusion and 'Jade', which are greener and can be brewed many times over. Both are exquisite teas with characters ranging from subtle floral notes to hints of fruit flavours and aromas and are very relaxing. Although some of these teas fetch some of the highest prices in the world they are surprisingly economical as they can be rebrewed 7-8 times! Taiwan produces the best oolong tea in the world. It's unique growing environment is due to both its geographical position and its mountainous terrain. This year I have also been introduced, by Taiwan's premier grower, to some delightful and little known 'Black' and 'White' teas and can very much recommend giving them a try. I have also learned this year that Taiwan's tea culture, varieties and history are worthy of a book to themselves and have opened up a whole new voyage of discovery for myself. Anyway, our collection truly contains the best teas of each type found in Taiwan and until we recently imported them, only to be found in Taiwan.

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  1. Ruby from Sun Moon Lake

    Ruby from Sun Moon Lake

    This prizewinning tea from Taiwan was as a result of a tea cultivar breeding scheme started over fifty years ago. I have to say it has the most complex flavour I have come across in a black tea and has become my favourite type. It is a broad leaf tea cultivar yielding a tea infusion with a natural cinnamonic fragrance and a rich, malty flavour. Learn More

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  2. 'Sun Moon Lake' Gabalong Black

    Ali Shan Black Gabalong Tea

    In order to make this, we have had to use tea leaves from very high up the mountains, where the best quality is found. Higher quality, higher 'Gaba' content to start with. Normally, these leaves are made into the famous 'Jade Oolong' of Taiwan and in actual fact the farmer we have worked with does not understand why we want to do this! However, we British love our black tea, our customers have asked for it and so it has arrived! It has a lovely, malty character with hints of raisins and chocolate and is very smooth. Learn More

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  3. Si Ji Ever Spring

    Si Ji Ever Spring

    Si Ji Chun is the cultivar selected to make this black tea, and only the best hand plucked summer tea leaves, which have a very high catechin content make the grade. The tea leaves, tight and dark black, produce a deep red, lingering liquor, which tastes smooth, sugar cane sweet and with a strong fragrance and flavour of cinnamon and nutmeg. As with all Taiwanese teas this manages to combine complex floral and fruit flavours with a rich, malty body to make every sip taste different to the last. This special tea is made in Zhu Shan in Nantou County, a famous tea growing area. Learn More

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  4. 'Ice Peak' Classic Oolong

    Ice Peak Classic Oolong

    The infusion is sweet with a lingering taste reminiscent of high mountain pines. Due to its slightly higher roasting the green flavours found in other Jade Oolong changes to a fruitier character. One of the interesting ways careful processing can bring out desired characteristics from the same raw leaves. Learn More

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  5. 'Honey Mountain' Royal Oolong

    Honey Mountain Royal Oolong

    I had often imagined a tea being made that could combine my two favourite oolong teas into one. I also imagined it would be impossible. I'm sure you will imagine how thrilled I am that someone has done it! Our supplier in Taiwan made this tea in the summer as an experiment. Needless to say it is a resounding success! Whilst not an ‘Oriental Beauty’ tea it has much in common, sharing the need for insects to bite the leaves. Naturally, it too has the beautiful honey, fruit and floral character found in ‘Oriental Beauty’ but also some of the buttery, green and cooler flavours found in a top 'Jade' Oolong. It differs from other 'Oriental Beauty' teas for some important reasons. Firstly, it is grown in a different place and much higher up the mountain at 1500 metres. Learn More

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  6. Bi Yu Blue Heart

    Bi Yu Blue Heart

    This new cultivar, number 19 as recognised by the Taiwan Tea Research and extension Station, is also known as “blue heart ". This small leaf tea cultivar is protected by a patent, owned Mr Kang, who created it and cannot be planted except by agreement, to preserve the quality associated with this high profile tea. They have unravelled the gene data of the variety to make discovery of fake Bi Yu easier to expose. Its strong aroma of ripe fruits and sweet, malty, smooth taste, and rich, sappy liquor with hints of nectarine have made it a much sought after treasure. It is grown a short distance from Taipei City in the "Three Gorges” area. Learn More

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  7. Jin Xuan Golden Lily

    Jin Xuan Golden Lily

    Prizewinning farmer Gau-Bin Zhan who has won the ‘Excellent Farmer’ award many years in a row makes this new tea. His tea garden is located in Juhshan town ship in Nantou County. Using his finest, summer crop ‘Jin Xuan’ tea cultivar leaves, normally destined to make finest Oolong tea, he has created a tea with a unique character. Jin Xuan is famous for its creamy, milk like aroma, which complements the rich body and transfers into the flavour with a caramel taste. Hints of honey and frankincense add to the intriguing, complex charm of this special tea. As well as being rich in flavour it is also heavy with theaflavins, exhibited after cooling, when they emulsify to create a milky appearance. Jin Xuan translates as Golden Day Lily and this tea is as fragrant as the flower, with a fruity, floral lingering finish. Learn More

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