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Taiwan Origin Teas

 

Black Teas:

Line # Name
145 Black BT

 

 

Oolong Teas:

Line # Name
27567 Oolong Fanciest
27568 Oolong Choicest
24270 Oolong Standard
450 Green Dragon Oolong
   

 

Tea by Origin - Taiwan

Country Statistics
Area: 13,900 sq.miles (36,140 sq.km)
Capital: Taipei
Main Cities: Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Keelung
Languages: Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese
Religions: Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Confucian
Map of Taiwan

Map of Taiwan

Overview of Taiwan's Tea Production

Known in the trade as Formosa, this island country is located in a sub-tropic climate with ample sunlight, appropriate temperatures and proper rain and moisture throughout the year to make this an ideal tea growing environment with a production season from April through November. Taiwan produces tea in black, green, pouchong, flower scented and is best known for its superior Oolongs.

Overview of Taiwan's Tea ProductionTea is cultivated mostly from plants originally from the Fukien province of China. Introduced to the island by immigrant workers, tea started as a "frontier activity" in the late seventeenth century. It was not until the Treaty of Tientsin concluded the first Opium War and the opening of four Taiwanese ports to international trade in 1860 that tea became a commercially viable export. During the last part of the 1800s, tea planting, production and export grew exponentially. By 1902, tea accounted for 85% of all of Taiwan's export trade.

Recent years have seen a marked decline in the number of acres under tea. In 1972 the country showed its largest peak in production with 31,400 tons with 106,000 acres dedicated to tea. Currently there are 52,000 acres given over to the cultivation of tea, producing over 22,000 tons per year. Production per acre has gone up because of new practices in planting, picking and processing.

Taiwan's modern tea industry continues to restructure itself. Besides the obvious loss of land to more urban development, the industry continues to suffer a shortage of labor as the workforce looks for more opportunities in the urban economy. The bright spot in all this is that oolong teas are the only type of production that can be economically viable on a small scale. Taiwan's 6,000 family-owned farms can continue Oolong production without suffering from a loss of volume as will be more likely with the larger commercial farms.