By TTNews Reporter Fan Kang-Wu
Nantou County, Taiwan –
Generally speaking, the so-called “high mountain tea” refers to a type of tea grow in alpine tea areas, higher than 1000 meters above sea level (commonly known as oolong tea).
The primary production source in Taiwan is mainly concentrated in alpine tea zones around 1000 ~1800 meters above sea level in Chiayi County and Nantou County. Due to Taiwan’s unique geography, the high mountain range at its center with high humidity and natural precipitation makes it a most suitable environment for growing tea. Since the reception of average sunlight is short, the catechins contained in tea shoots will greatly reduce the bitter components within. In short, the reduction of catechins will make contribution to the increase of pectin and sweetness, but also keep tea leaves slippery soft. Hence, high mountain tea is famed for the characteristics of emerald color, sweet taste, soft feeling, elegant fragrance, clear tea water and high soak-resistance.
Yushan Sightseeing Tea Garden, situated on Caopingtou district in Sinyi Township, Nantou County, is covered on an area of 48 hectares around 1200 ~1800 meters above sea level. The tea garden is located on New Central Cross-Island Highway heading to Alishan. “Soft Branch Oolong Tea” is grown on the foot hill of Yushan, which is also known as “Yushan Oolong Tea”. Moreover, Caopingtou is the first tea garden in the production of high mountain tea.
Yushan tea has the almost the same characteristics like the rest of high mountain tea except better! You can say that it is best of the best!
English and Chinese
High mountain tea: 高山茶
Chiayi County: 嘉義縣
Nantou County: 南投縣
New Central Cross-Island Highway: 新中橫公路