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【The China Post 每日精選】:三 英文中國郵報 2017/05/15 06:13:00 TAIPEI, Taiwan — Have you ever had the experience of coming across one of those tea boutiques in Taiwan, with handsome wood furnishings and a fascinating array of tea sets and specialty teas? The unfamiliar yet oddly intimate scene stirs your curiosity, yet you're hesitant to go in, wary of wading into waters that are too deep and being unable to carry on a knowledgeable conversation with the tea master.▲圖/翻攝自中國郵報Well, you're not alone. This feeling is shared by anyone not long-acquainted with the tea industry or with drinking specialty teas.But being in Taiwan, it'd be a pity not to have a closer look at the island's profound tea culture, an industry that saw one of the nation's first economic and industrial booms. Since the 19th century, Taiwan's tea industry has been home to leading techniques and products. Once you do step into the tea shop, you might just regret not having done so earlier, for missing out on the joy of being an apprentice of Taiwan's tea culture all these years.Upon your entering, the tea master would first ask you the type of tea you'd prefer. If there isn't one, the tea master would start by serving you his or her choice, one after the other until you find one that you love. While the tea leaves steep and their scent wafts into the air, the world around you will seem to slow down, and the once-impenetrable room becomes only the perfect place for two people to sit and share a relaxing afternoon over a nice cup of tea.Ming San Tea CollectionWhen we first met Yvonne Kao (高毅芳), the former president of Taiwan Tea Exporters Association (臺灣區茶輸出業同業公會) and Taipei Tea Merchants Association (台北市茶商業同業公會), it was in a room just like that. It was there where she shared with us some of the history of Taiwan's tea industry and how Taiwan's specialty teas have stood the test of time for decades.Daughter of tea master and the founder of Ming San Tea Collection Kao Yin-tu (高銀塗), Kao said that for tea lovers, the upmost satisfaction lies not only in enjoying a cup of tea, but sharing it with others and helping every person find the perfect tea for their palate."Our family has been in the tea business for four generations, spanning from my great-grandfather, grandfather and my dad to us (she and siblings)," Kao said."My father started out as a tea farmer. He used to carry newly harvested tea leaves on a shoulder pole from his tea farm in Taipei's Xindian District to Dadaocheng about 15 kilometers away, where all the tea processing plants were." For the Kao family, tea-making has been much more than just a business. It's also about enhancing the bonding of individuals between different communities, a mission they've put uncompromising effort and devotion into.Asked which teas she would recommend to newcomers who want a taste of Taiwan's tea culture, Kao's answer was Taiwan oolong tea."Of all the different nations that grow oolong teas, such as China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, Taiwan is the only nation that is blessed with ideal terrains — highlands — and a mild island climate," Kao said.Although almost everyone has heard of Taiwan oolong tea, many do not know that Taiwan oolong tea refers to a wide range of teas that differ immensely in flavor depending on the horticulture and style of production."The most illustrious Taiwan oolong teas include light oolong, like pouching, which gives off a melon and floral note with a milder taste. There's white tip oolong, also known as 'Oriental Beauty,' which has natural fruity aromas without the bitterness of the typical oolong. And there's high mountain oolong grown at altitudes of 1,000 meters or above, which delicately delivers the teas' original light floral scent with a lighter body on the palate," Kao said.So next time when you come across another tea boutique, don't hesitate to step inside to explore the island's wonder of tea culture for yourself. 精彩內文還沒完,點此看下一頁 上一頁 1 2 下一頁

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