The Taiwanese tea culture is an integral part of the global tea culture. Every cup of tea contains the culture and history of the tea tradition of Taiwan. There are so many ways you can enjoy tea in Taiwan and it is almost impossible to ignore the history behind it all.
Teashops are abundant in Taiwan, and there is nothing better than being regaled by a local about the history of tea while sipping on a perfectly brewed, fragrant cup of Oolong.
The history of tea takes you back several centuries. Tea was brought into Taiwan from the Wuyi mountains in mainland China. Back then, only the rich could afford it. When the port of Tamsui was opened in the 19th century, Westerners began exporting Taiwanese tea all across the globe. Its unique flavour and quality quickly gained popularity, and from there emerged Taiwan’s most booming industry. Drinking tea is not just a past time, but something that fosters a sense of national pride among the Taiwanese.
Taiwanese bubble tea is one of the most popular forms of tea and is made from tea with the addition of toppings. The tea used can range from Oolong, Jasmine, Lychee, and even apple tea. Fresh fruit juice and even chocolate are common additions. Whereas common toppings include little balls of tapioca, sweet seaweed, jelly, pudding or fruit in it. Bubble tea has become popular across the world.
Attention to detail is a Taiwanese tea-making tradition. A beautiful tea tray and the earthen or porcelain pot are essential. The “Gaiwan” is used to brew the leaves. It is also called the “Sancai bowl”, which means synchronicity of the earth, man and sky. A traditional Taiwanese tea set includes the tea holder, the tea pitcher, the pinming cup, the fragrance-smelling cup, the filter and the filter shelf. You can learn how to brew the perfect cup of Oolong Tea from the experts and relive your Taiwanese tea experience even back home.
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