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A home of Taiwan Assam tea is in Sheshuei community(澀水社區), Dayan village(大雁村)
2008-10-29 19:03:00
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From TTNews Reporter Shao Yu-min
Photo by Hung Jhung
Nantou County—

The Assam Tea in Sheshuei community(澀水社區) has competed with the famous Lipton black tea on the tea market. Sri Lanka’s Darjeeling(斯里蘭卡大吉嶺) is the home of imperial black tea in the world, and Taiwanese Dayan village(大雁村) could be Taiwanese Darjeeling.

In 1926, Japanese government introduced Assam tea trees from India and tried to plant trees in Yuchih town. In 1928, the Formosa Black Tea sold in London, New York, and other places gained a great reputation. Taiwan black tea’s Rih Dong Black Tea(日東紅茶) rivaled Indian Lipton Black Tea on the market since then, and Rih Dong Black Tea was selected as the imperial tea for Japanese emperors.

Although Taiwan black tea’s popularity declined, Yuchih Branch(魚池庄), Tea Research and Extension Station(茶葉改良場魚池分場), crossed Myanmar’s tea trees with wild tea trees to make the Assam Black Tea No.18(台茶18號). The Assam Black Tea No.18 has a cinnamon and peppermint smell and rich flavor. In addition to be made as tea bags, it could be the ingredient of a black tea meal, black tea cookies, black tea jelly, and so on.

If you want to visit Sheshuei community, you can drive provincial highway No. 9 from Puli(埔里) toward Sun Moon Lake(日月潭), and turn right at the entrance of Dayan Tunnel(大雁隧道) (road sign: 54.5km). In Sheshuei community, you will see some tea fields where Assam Black Tea No.18 was grown.

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台灣阿薩姆紅茶的故鄉 南投大雁村澀水社區
【大台灣旅遊網TTNews記者邵鈺敏/南投縣報導】

  南投縣魚池鄉的大雁村澀水社區,是台灣阿薩姆紅茶的故鄉,這裡所產的阿薩姆紅茶曾經和世界知名的立頓紅茶在國際紅茶市場上一較長短,如果說斯里蘭卡大吉嶺是世界頂級紅茶之鄉,那麼南投的大雁村就是「台灣的大吉嶺」。

  1926年日治政府平鎮茶葉試驗支所引進印度阿薩姆種茶樹,在南投魚池庄試種,極力發展台灣紅茶,1928年「Formosa Black Tea」被送至倫敦、紐約等地銷售,深受市場好評。當時台灣紅茶的日東紅茶開始與印度立頓紅茶在市場上較勁,並獲選為日本天皇的御用紅茶。

  雖然後來台灣的紅茶市場逐漸沒落,但是茶葉改良場魚池分場將緬甸種的茶樹與野生山茶雜交後,於1999年創造出「台茶18號」,所製作出的紅茶具有特殊肉桂香與薄荷香,口感香醇,除了製成茶包外,還創作出紅茶餐、紅茶餅、紅茶凍等產品。

  若想走訪台灣紅茶的故鄉,可由台21線(中潭公路)埔里往日月潭方向大雁隧道口里程54.5公里處右轉,進入魚池鄉大雁村澀水社區,這裡是昔日阿薩姆紅茶的主要產地之一,目前社區中還有一些種植台茶18號的茶園,翠綠的茶園像翡翠般鋪陳在山谷中。

  到澀水社區感受不一樣的茶園之旅時,可以在山村和茶園中仔細探尋,或許會在小路旁找到一些野生的茶樹,這些芬芳訴說著台灣紅茶生生不息的故事,也呈現地方發展的另一風貌。(攝影/洪榕)
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