Ali Shan probably is the most famous name of Taiwan tea. Based on the number of Ali Shan tea sold, it seems that either these mountains have an incredible output, or Mainland China has purchased the franchise. But many a true word is spoken in jest, and in any highland area the production of tea is rather limited, to say nothing of the high manufacturing costs. Even native little tea shops have been stocking large quantities of such valley oolong packed into beautiful Ali Shan jars for sale to tourists, not to mention Chinese wholesale tea companies. The plantation of “Formosa Taiwan Tea” in Ali Shan is not very high by local standards and is approximately 1,000 m above mean sea level. We consider this kind of tea has the best value for money.
Da Yu Ling 102К
The most highland plantations of Taiwan (a height is about of 2,800 m) are located in Da Yu Ling region. There are tough weather conditions, very few areas suitable for tea cultivation. Tea plants grow long and picked occasionally. Nevertheless, a mountain climate fills tea leaves with nutrients, essential oils and enzymes, thus Da Yu Ling oolongs are very much appreciated.
Our tea garden is located at 102 km of the famous road #8 between western part of Taiwan island (Nantou) and eastern (Hualien), that's why we call this oolong tea as Da Yu Ling 102K.
A high mountain area HeHuan Shan (“Joy Mountain”) is well known by its incredible clouds, and it attracts a lot of tourists and photographers. The tea from there is much appreciated in Taiwan, as the tea gardens of HeHuan Shan enter in the top four of highest mountain areas on the island, together with Da Yu Ling, Li Shan and FuShou Shan.
The tea farm at Hsinchu County probably is the most unique in the structure of “Formosa Taiwan Tea”. The thing is that special insects, tea green leaf-hoppers, help here to the Tea Master. These hoppers bite tea leaves round and therefore start the oxidation process directly on the plant. This way imparts matchless fruit-honey taste and aroma to the tea. Such farm produces, in particular, Oriental Beauty Tea (“Dong Fang Mei Ren”), Honey Oolong (“Mi Xiang Oolong”) and Mountain Black Tea ("Shan Hong Cha").
Also a special climate of the region, high humidity and fogs influences on the taste and aroma of the tea. The plantation is situated at a height of 1,200 m above mean sea level, while most of similar teas grow up usually at lower altitudes.
It should be noted that there’s a lack of such tea at the free storage ordinarily, because the largest part of the crop is quickly bought up and actually it grows to order.
In Ju Shan “Formosa Taiwan Tea” has no tea plantation as such. There is manufacturing only. Local Tea Master is the leader of a tea workers’ team at Lu Gu region, and he produces the tea for many other farmers. So he always aware of the quality of a current crop on various tea farms, and he buy for his own production the most successful raw tea in his view. Thus we have an excellent tea, grown at Lu Gu and manufactured in Ju Shan (“Bamboo Mountain”). Enjoy it!
The highland tea farm at Li Shan (“Pear Mountain”) is situated at a height of about 2,200 m above mean sea level. You can get there on the narrow mountain road, where two cars can pass each other only in certain areas. One such particular dangerous and subjected to nature elements section of this road periodically is closed by road services. All these factors affect on the tea price, but inimitable taste and aroma of Li Shan oolong are worth it really.
In the domestic market Li Shan is №1 tea brand. The regional Tea Master is one of the younger tea craftsman generations. He has no ancient family traditions, he learned everything by himself. He is not yet 30 years, but his collection tea is sold for huge amounts of money. As well from here the tea supplied to the Shaolin Monastery.
Lu Gu Tea Farm is situated in middle mountains. This area has very old and rich tea traditions, known at first by its dong ding oolong (rounded and baked by special way oolongs) which are started from here. The Lu Gu tea maker is very experienced and makes quite a large assortment of high quality teas including dong ding charcoal baked teas, fresh green oolongs, aged "old" oolongs and GABA tea. He is also making different flavour teas by special orders for export (milk oolong, jasmine green tea and others). Teas from the Lu Gu tea farm have stable and high quality always.
Lu Gu Shan Lin Xi
The high elevation area inside Lu Gu region is called Shan Lin Xi. There is Long Feng Xia (Dragon and Phoenix Gap) a little bit higher and longer way - the place where the top high class green oolongs are maked in Shan Lin Xi. But here is the motherplace of traditional "Red Water" dong dings. Master Jack is the Lu Gu Dong Ding competition Winner of 2010 year, the competition takes place every year by Lu Gu Tea Farmers Association. There is a special honour roll in Lu Gu Tea Museum with pictures of winners. Master Jack's dong ding oolong was the best from 5523 competition samples! After win tea farmer can not participate in the competition again, he can be only a judge. Such a win is like a very big quality sign of all the teas from the Tea Master.
Shan Lin Xi Long Feng Xia
The region of Shan Lin Xi (“Pine Forest Stream”) has long been known among lovers of high quality tea, too. Best oolongs at Shan Lin Xi are grown and produced in the place called Long Feng Xia, meaning “Dragon and Phoenix Canyon”. And that is where one of the tea farms of “Formosa Taiwan Tea” is located. The tea plantations are situated at quite steep mountain slopes of the gorge at a height about of 1,800 m above mean sea level. The exceptional climatic conditions allow cultivating a special kind of oolongs there. At the local tea farm of “Formosa Taiwan Tea” the fourth generation of tea masters has been working already and transmitting the tricks of the trade from father to son.
Song Bo in Nantou County is the place, where tea cultivating started to spread throughout the island of Taiwan. Everything around here is a history and traditional way of life. Tea garden of “Formosa Taiwan Tea” is located here at a height of 400-450 m above mean sea level, but particular climate secured to local farmers the leadership in terms of tea cultivating and processing.
Sun Moon Lake
Even as Japanese during their possession of the island discovered that Sun Moon Lake region is the perfect place for growing black (red) tea. And nowadays, Sun Moon Lake (“Ri Yue Tan”) is the world brand of Taiwanese black (red) tea. The main cultivars that have been growing on the Lake’s plantations are, first of all, well known and popular “Ruby Red №18”, also “Assam №6” and “Sun Moon Lake Local Original”.