What is special about black tea from Taiwan?
Black tea lovers sooner or later want to know what Taiwanese black teas are like and what makes them special? For example, Indian teas are often considered strong and astringent, while Chinese teas tend to be sweeter and have notes of cocoa or caramel.
What is the difference?
Compared to India and China, Taiwan does not have very many varieties of black tea. Assam was introduced and cultivated in Taiwan a little over 100 years ago. However, Taiwan has some black tea gems that tea lovers should definitely try.
The most popular black tea is Sun Moon Lake Black Tea / Tea #18. It, as well as highland black teas, tastes more like a rich and slightly astringent Indian tea.
Separately, you can highlight Black tea Longquan (Longquan Black Tea). This is a highly fermented tea that can be brewed up to 7-8 times. This tea has a deep sweet taste, very gentle, without bitterness. This tea combines the aroma of high-quality black tea and the delicate taste of Taiwanese oolongs.
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Taiwanese black tea (also named as red tea) were brought to Taiwan during the 19th century from the mainland's. Because of climate conditions Taiwanese black tea are not so strong as teas from mainland.