Tea in Thailand: An Interview with John Bickel, Thailand-based Tea Blogger

Tea in Thailand

When most people think of tea in Thailand, they envision sweet, milky, bizarrely orange-colored “Thai iced tea.” But there’s more to Thai tea than that.     Curious to learn more, and wanting to move beyond this website’s usual focus on tea in Taiwan, I asked my friend John Bickel, prolific tea blogger at Tea …

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Sun Moon Lake Tea: Why is it so good?

Sun Moon Lake Tea

When it comes to Taiwanese tea, oolongs like Alishan High Mountain Tea, Dong Ding, and Oriental Beauty are internationally renowned, but fewer people are aware that the country also produces some excellent black teas. While many of Taiwan’s tea growing regions do produce a limited amount of black tea, Sun Moon Lake is practically synonymous …

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A Guide to Luye, Taiwan, Luye Tea, and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival

Luye Taiwan and the Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival

In my East Coast Taiwan article I recommend Luye as one of the best places to stay in Taitung/Hualien if you traveling down Highway 11 in Taiwan’s beautiful East Rift Valley (along with Yuli and Guanshan). However, I only recently actually stayed in Luye for the first time, to take my kids to the incredible …

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Yingge: Taiwan’s Ceramics Capital (including Yingge Ceramics Museum and Yingge Old Street)

Yingge, Taiwan is the country’s undisputed center of pottery and ceramics. Taiwanease ceramics range from perfect renditions of ancient Chinese styles to creative, modern innovations. For a country that is one of the world’s great producers of quality, artisanal teas, that makes Yingge a sort of Mecca for tea enthusiasts who are searching for ideal …

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Visiting Global Tea Hut: Zen and the Art of Cha Dao

Global Tea Hut Taiwan

After I wrote an article introducing tea in Taiwan in 2016, I was contacted by representatives from several Taiwanese tea-related companies and organizations. One of these was Sam, one of three permanent residents at Global Tea Hut (國際茶亭)’s headquarters, “Tea Sage Hut (通聖亭),” in Miaoli (苗栗), a smallish county capital in Central-Western Taiwan. At first …

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