Baozhong (or Pouchong) “wrapped variety” (包種茶)
Iron Goddess (Tieguanyin) (鐵觀音茶)
Alishan High Mountain (阿里山高山茶)
Oriental Beauty (東方美人)
Ruby Red #18 (紅雨紅茶)
The Chinese have traditionally added flavors, either natural or artificial, to some teas. Popular ones include jasmine (茉莉) and lychee (荔枝). Herbal (花草茶), fruit (水果茶) and flower (花茶) teas are also common in China and Taiwan, but are not true teas.
Caffeine levels vary in tea, but contrary to what some say, your typical cup of tea has less caffeine that a cup of coffee. Tea may be higher in caffeine by volume, but quite a bit less tealeaves are used than coffee beans to brew a single cup.
Many factors affect the characteristics of a tea, including climate, altitude, water, and soil, but what separates them into the main varieties is the method of post-harvesting production.
Many Taiwanese teas have been transplanted from China, but with a new terroir, they take on new characteristics, and some varieties have been developped only in Taiwan. Typically, they are named after the place where they are grown, for example, Alishan High Mountain tea comes from the area around Ali Mountain, but in some cases when seedlings from the original place are grown elsewhere they may still be given that name.
White Tea (白茶)
Green Tea (綠茶)
Oolong (Wulong) Tea (烏龍茶)
Black Tea (“Red Tea” in Mandarin) (紅茶)
Pu Er Tea (普洱茶)
a field of baozhong, a great Taiwan tea in Nangang District, Taipei City
baskets for collecting tea
varieties of Chinese tea
old Formosa oolong tea poster at the Pinglin Tea Museum
more than 25 varieties of northern Taiwanese tea on display at the Pingling Tea Museum
buying tea in Taiwan at bulk tea bins at Lin Mao Sen Tea Co
teal pot, cups, and tea tray. just some of them equipment commonly used for brewing tea in Taiwan
Taipei Tea House, Nangang District, Taipei City, which showcases Taipei tea
terraced rice fields, Jiuzhuang, Nangang District, Taipei City
Western-style tea room, Taipei Tea House
cute tea pots and suspension bridge, Jiuzhuang
tea fields, Jiuzhuang
tea oil thin noodles in Pinglin
signature square-shaped packaging of baozhong tea, the "wrapped variety"
cycling past Taiwanese tea fields in Pinglin
stunning views over rice fields and the Feicui Water Reservoir from Shiding Bagua Tea Plantation
Silver Stream Cave and Waterfall, Maokong
Taiwanese baozhong tea, 15-25% oxidized and closer in characteristics to a green tea
oriental beauty, with its signature white tips, about 60% oxidized and considered by some to be the world's finest Wulong
Alishan high mountain tea, 40% oxidized and rolled into little balls, considered by many locals to be Taiwan's finest tea
Chinese Pu Er Tea, the blackest of teas, 100% oxidized and aged, only grown in Yunnan, China
Tea in Taiwan: A Complete Guide to Taiwanese Tea and How to Buy Tea from Taiwan
What is Taiwanese Tea?
Main Varieties of Tea from Taiwan
Taiwanease Oolong Tea: Taiwan's Best Tea
How to Order Tea from Taiwan
How to Brew Taiwanese Tea
Tea Tours in Taiwan and Taiwan Tea Attractions
Taipei Tea House, Jiuzhuang (舊莊)
Pinglin Tea Museum (坪林茶業博物館)
Shiding Bagua Tea Plantation (石碇八卦茶園)
Maokong (貓空) Tea Houses
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
Table of Contents
1. What is Taiwanese tea?
2. Main varieties of tea from Taiwan
3. Taiwan's Oolong Tea: The Best Taiwan Tea
4. How to Order Tea from Taiwan
5. Where to buy tea in Taiwan
6. Where to buy tea in Taipei
7. Taipei Tea Houses
8. How to brew Taiwanese tea
9. Tea Tours in Taiwan and Taiwan Tea Attractions
c. Shiding Bagua Tea Plantation