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Taiwan / Formosa

Wikipedia: Taiwan 
Updated: Mar. 17, 2014 

Browse Teas From Taiwan / Formosa (280) - Read Reviews (184)

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About Taiwan / Formosa | Tea-Producing Regions of Taiwan / Formosa | Styles of Tea Produced in Taiwan / Formosa | Best (Top-Rated) Taiwanese Teas

About Taiwan / Formosa

A tea plantation in Taiwan, showing rows of tea plants and a line of palms in the background.A tea plantation in WuHe, Taiwan. Photo by Fred Hsu, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Taiwan, often known in tea circles as Formosa, is an important producer of teas, especially oolong teas. Taiwan is governed by the Republic of China, Zhonghua Minguo(中華民國), the government that fled mainland China following the Chinese civil war.

Taiwan does not produce a very high volume of tea, but its teas are well-represented in specialty tea stores and are well-known among tea connoisseurs. The vast majority of tea produced in Taiwan is consumed in Taiwan. Taiwan has a strong tea culture, and the Taiwanese tea market is considered highly demanding; Taiwan imports some of the highest-quality oolong teas from other countries.

Compared to mainland China, Taiwan has a relatively short history of tea cultivation, starting in the mid-19th century. Although Taiwan does produce green, black, and white teas, it is most famous for the production of oolongs and pouchong teas, and is the origin of many well-known oolongs, including Tung Ting (Dong Ding), and Alishan oolong.

The climate in Taiwan ranges from a marine tropical climate to a humid subtropical climate in the north of the island. Lying directly on the northern border of the tropics, the climate has a well-defined cooler winter and hotter summer, with the seasons more pronounced farther north and at higher elevations, away from the coast. Total rainfall and humidity is high everywhere in Taiwan, but, influenced by the overall pattern of the Asian monsoon, the summer months have heavier rainfall and the winter months are drier. Higher elevations, where much of the tea is grown, have cooler winters and more variable temperatures, and even higher total rainfall.

Tea-Producing Regions of Taiwan / Formosa

Styles of Tea Produced in Taiwan / Formosa

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Taiwan / Formosa.

Best Taiwanese Teas

The notion of the "best" Taiwanese teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Taiwan / Formosa, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Peach Oolong (Peachy Oolong)

Peach Oolong (Peachy Oolong)

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Flavored Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
47
6 Ratings
Picture of Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea

Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Oolong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
91
5 Ratings
Picture of Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Milky Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
50
4 Ratings
Picture of Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Tie Guan Yin
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
95
4 Ratings
Picture of Dong Ding Oolong

Dong Ding Oolong

Brand:Tradition
Style:Jade Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Taiwanese Teas

Picture of Bao Zhong Oolong Tea

Bao Zhong Oolong Tea

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Pouchong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
100
3 Ratings
Picture of Honey Black Tea

Honey Black Tea

Brand:Health & Tea
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
3 Ratings
Picture of TT57: Formosa Amber Oolong Select

TT57: Formosa Amber Oolong Select

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Amber Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
98
3 Ratings
Picture of Bio Pao Chung Pouchong

Bio Pao Chung Pouchong

Brand:Teehaus Bachfischer
Style:Pouchong Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
97
3 Ratings
Picture of Dong Ding Oolong

Dong Ding Oolong

Brand:Tradition
Style:Jade Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings

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