Friday, October 3, 2008

Autumn Oolongs from Taiwan

Taiwan has 4 seasons of tea production. Spring is usually the best tasting teas. This year, Taiwan has been battered by several typhoons, so production is way off. Lets hope they recover in time for the Winter production.

A side note, it does get quite cold on the high peaks of Taiwan. Some years, there has been a foot of snow on the tea plants. This causes damage to the plants, but forces the plants to direct resources to the leaves that grow. Those resources (glucose and other energy products) results in great tasting oolongs, but smaller amount of tea made.

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