If you've ever wondered what to do with all those used oolong tea leaves, put them to good use as a cleaning and deordorizing agent.
Wild tea was growing in Taiwan when the Dutch arrived in 1623, but it wasn't until the Qing Dynasty that a tea industry was established in Taiwan.
Oolong tea jelly is a traditional Taiwan food that helps beat the summer heat. This easy-to-make treat can be made with any of the oolong teas from Tea from Taiwan.
Dong Ding Mountain is one of the oldest tea-producing regions in Taiwan. It has a superb climate for producing oolong tea.
Alishan is one of Taiwan's most famous tea-producing regions. It is also a popular tourist destination which can be reached by the narrow guage Alishan Mountain Railway.
LuGu township is located in Nanou County, the geographical center of Taiwan. It is home to the famous Dong Ding Mountain, where our popular Ming Xiang tea originates.
Mr. Chen, a tea farmer in Chia Yi County, Taiwan, talks about his life as a tea farmer and the business of tea.
Bottled teas are very popular in Taiwan. They are seen as a healthier than western-style sodas, and for those who don't have the time to brew traditional oolong tea, bottled tea offers a quick, refreshing alternative.
As part of our series on the tea counties of Taiwan, we take a look at the tea of Taipei County. This region has been producing tea since the Qing Dynasty. The original Chinese traditions of tea production have been supplemented in recent years with new techniques that produce many kinds of tea with flavors unique to the region.
Want to do something with those used tea leaves? Try making a tea pillow. It will help you sleep better, give you pleasant dreams, and improve your sex life!
As part of our series on the tea counties of Taiwan, we look at Nantou County - the only landlocked county of Taiwan. Nantou county is home to the famous Dong Ding Mountain (Frozen Peak) oolong tea - valued by oolong connoisseurs the world over.
Tea should be properly stored to preserve the flavor and color. It must be stored in a non-transparent, air-tight container and kept in a relatively low-humidity environment.
The basic oolong tea set consists of just five utensils - a tea tray, a teapot, a strainer, a serving pot, and tea cups, but there are many accessories that can be used to bring out the art and precision of tea brewing.
Taiwan is a melting pot of cultural influences and this is reflected in the vibrant tea culture of present day Taiwan. The tea culture of Taiwan originates in China but was shaped by hundreds of years of independent development.
Certain Taiwanese oolongs are set aside to age, and they gain a mellowness and maturity with the passing years.
Taiwan has an amazing variety of tea drinks. Almost anything is mixed with tea for unusual taste sensations. Those on the go can pick up a refreshing iced tea drink from a tea stand, while those with more leisure time can sit and relax at a tea house to enjoy conversation, tasty snacks, and wonderful tea.
Taiwan has a long and colorful history with cultural and political influences from a variety of sources. These influences have formed present-day Taiwan - a prosperous, democratic country that is as comfortable with high-tech electronics as with traditions dating back hundreds of years.
As noted in this article, many Taiwanese have family origins in China's Fujian province. Oolong tea was first developed in Fujian, so this explains the long tradition of oolong tea in Taiwan.
Li Shan (Pear Mountain) tea is known as the "King of Teas." It has a fruity fragrance that makes it unique in the world of oolong tea.
The demand for organic tea increases every year. Taiwanese tea drinkers are a discerning bunch and demand high-quality that only organic growing methods can provide.
Nantou county produces the most tea of any county in Taiwan, and Lu Gu township produces the most tea in Nantou county. Nantou is best-known for its oolong tea of which Dong Ding Oolong from Lu Gu township is world famous.
Chinese New Year, Moon Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival are just three of the Taiwan cultural events that are set by the Lunar calendar. This calendar is also important for agriculture - including tea production.
The Moon Festival (also known as Mid Autumn Festival) is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. It is one of Taiwan's most important holidays and is a time for families to get together and eat moon cakes, drink tea, and gaze at the full moon.
Due to its subtropical location and mountainous terrain Taiwan has numerous microclimates that are ideal for growing tea. Although tea is grown throughout the island the best teas are produced in the mountainous regions of central and northern Taiwan.
GABA is an amino acid that is produced by the human body. GABA stands for Gamma-aminobutyric acid. Its main function is to inhibit the firing of neurons in the brain. Because of this inhibitory function, GABA is an anti-stress, anti-anxiety, calming and relaxing nutrient. A natural form of GABA is available in GABA tea.
All tea (including wu long) contains caffeine and this can be a concern for mothers who are breastfeeding their baby. Caffeine is present in breast milk, and too much can cause baby to be restless or unable to sleep. Should mothers cut out tea from their diet? Read on to get some pointers.
Most tea lovers know that all types of tea come from the same plant - Camellia sinensis. Less well-known are the many varietals or cultivars that exist in the world of tea. These varietals have been developed for their special characteristics which make them suitable for a particular type of tea or for specific growing conditions.
Taiwanese and Chinese tea can be confusing for many westerners because of the various spellings that are used to transpose Chinese characters into Western names. Several conflicting systems are used and each has a different pronunciation code. This guide is our attempt to clear up some of the confusion.
Over the last few years green tea has become very popular and is available in most stores and cafés. Wu Long tea is produced from the same plant as green tea and black tea. The difference is that Wu Long is a semi-fermented brew whereas green tea is unfermented.
There are thousands of Chinese tea varieties. These are usually classified by procedure, quality, and preparation methods and so on. However, if we consider tea in terms of quality, there are actually eight classes of Chinese tea. These include green tea, wu-long, black, red, white, yellow, flower, and compressed tea.
You may know the traditions about making tea in your own country. What about the Chinese way? This article from Asia Dragon can give you some ideas.
Yixing teapots are ideal for wu-long tea. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your yixing teapot.