By TTNews Reporter Liao You-Sheng
Taitung County, Taiwan –
Taiwan tea is well-known for its charming aroma and its various types, such as Baozhong Tea, Dongding Tea and Oriental Beauty Tea. Each type of tea has its own unique taste and different characteristics. Apparently, there is a new featured tea called “Red Oolong Tea” in Luye area, which has combined the characteristics of oolong tea and black tea.
Under the guidance of Taitung Tea Experiment Station, red oolong tea was finally available in September, 2008. The tea is selected from two leaves and one bud and combined with some methods of processing black tea. The freshly brewed tea water appears to be a deep amber color. The tea quality is tended to have a fruity aroma and a mellow and smooth taste.
One of distinctive features of red oolong tea is to focus on the taste and the color of tea water. Once the tea is done, it is still required to bake for the second time in order to bring out the fragrance. It is also worth mentioning that red oolong can be served in both hot and cold.
Luye area is situated on the low-altitude tea growing area. Compared with high-altitude tea growing area, it is obviously lack of advantages. However, the excellent weather conditions and with the help from local tea experiment station and cultivators, the emergence of “Red Oolong” tea species apparently becomes the new local featured tea in Luye.
English and Chinese
Baozhong Tea: 包種茶
Dongding Tea: 凍頂茶
Oriental Beauty Tea: 東方美人茶
Red Oolong Tea: 紅烏龍茶