Taiwan Oolong is a type of oolong tea grown in Taiwan and China. Other names: Oolong “Formosa”, from the outdated western name of the island of Taiwan – “Formosa”.
The earliest data on tea plantations in Taiwan date back to 1717. Information is contained in Lian Shi Sha (水沙连), the modern name is Yuchi (鱼池), and Puli (埔里). At the end of the 18th century, Ke Chao (柯朝) brought tea bushes from Fujian Province to Taiwan and planted them in Ji Yu Keng (栉鱼坑) (now known as Taipei. However, the historical record indicates that The tea business in the Taipei region began as early as the late 18th century, so it can be assumed that tea began to be cultivated in Taiwan more than two centuries ago.
In 1855, Lin Feng Chi (林凤池) brought Chin Xing O Log (青心乌龙) tea bushes from Fujian Province and planted them in Taiwan. This is how Oolong Dong Ding appeared.
In 1869, the English merchant John Dodd brought from China to New York “Formosa tea”, grown and processed at the Wanhua factory. This was Taiwanese oolong, or rather “Dong Fang Mei Ren – Oriental Beauty”. Tea immediately gained high popularity among the American rich and was therefore quickly and profitably sold. After such an event, many merchants and merchants began to bring this oolong tea from Taiwan. During World War II, when the island was occupied by the Japanese, the products were exported to Japan.
Taiwanese oolong is a semi-fermented tea with rolled leaves. In its aroma, you can feel fruity and honey notes. It is made by hand from the buds and upper leaves of the tea bush, so the quality of this tea is considered the highest.
The assembly time of each type of tea is strictly limited. So, for example, tea leaves “Dong Fang Mei Ren – Oriental Beauty” should be collected only in summer, since it is during this period that the green-winged cicada is active, which hatches from the larva and feeds tea shoot juice. After these bites, the juice is baked on the surface of the upper leaves – this gives the oolong its specific flavor.
The best varieties of Taiwanese oolong are made from the tea bush “Qing Xing – with a green core”.[/ Collapse]