Friday, January 18, 2013

Waking up on our 5th morning in Taiwan, we were greeted with a spectacular sunrise and a slightly cool temperature.

On our way from Kaohsiung to Taichung, we stopped here earlier in the day to...

pluck tea leaves!

#1 See these "tea pluckers", they were very serious and concentrating on the leaves and you can see how excited I was, loll!

We were given the requisite presentation on the ins and outs of how the plucking is done, but about 10 minutes later, our tour guide who accompanied us seemed to give up, probably realizing my sister and I were not paying attention and "playing" with the precious leaves.



Then we were offered two types of different teas (you could drink as much as your stomach can hold!) while at the plantation and a visitor center to sit and sip — and, of course, be ready for the 'hard sell'!



#6 Tung Ting Oolong Tea & Matcha Green Tea Powder (NT$2,000 / tin can / box)

My eyes almost popped out of my head when I heard the price! However, they had a buy-two-get-one-free or buy-three-get-two-free deal, which was hard to pass up, especially for those aunties and tea lovers.

#7 "I know my teas are a bit expensive," explained the tea plantation owner, a very funny man. "So I like to offer samples to people so they can leave satisfied with the exact tea they like."

#8 They mixed in a teaspoon full of green tea powder to Yakult (yogurt drink) and it was surprisingly good.

#9 Oolong tea, sometimes known as blue tea, is part fermented and this one - Tung Ting - takes its name from the mountainous region in Taiwan where it's grown. This jade colored oolong is remarkably smooth, with floral undertones.

There are indeed many health benefits of drinking tea, but I can only remember oolong tea is reputed to keep you skinny and young. Alas, I'm not much of a tea person (err... hello coffee!).

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