Location: Meishan, Alishan, Chiayi County Altitude: 1100 m Harvest date: Spring 2020, March 21 Profile: Taiwanese White Tea is quite rare. That’s why we were delighted last year, when we discovered that one of our farmers was experimenting with producing it. It’s made from the Ruby variety, a particular orange tasting variety. The White tea processing gives the tea the delicate, floral flavors, with a sweet honey aftertaste.
Served at its best:
Water: 75° - 80° Traditional way: 1 g of tea leaves per 30 ml - 2 min Up to 3 infusions with the same leaves Western way: 4,5 g per 300 ml - 4 min
Tea farmers Sheng and his wife Emily live together with their family in Meishan, a beautiful and biologically rich village in the famous Alishan mountain area. Sheng is the youngest of three generations in the family-owned farm. Together with his wife and father he produces Oolong, Jin Xuan, black tea and even white tea. Under the approving eye of the 90 year old grandfather they do not shy away from modern techniques whilst respecting family recipes once started by him. Their innovative approach already paid off, as they won several prizes for their tea. We admire this couple for their perseverance to produce natural tea, as one of the few in the region. Sheng even takes it one step further by trying to convince other farmers to follow his example.