Taiwan Tea Trip- Yuchi Town (Sun Moon Lake)- Part 1

A view of Sun Moon Lake

A view of Sun Moon Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rise from the Ashes of the Phoenix – the black tea of Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake)

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Many of you may be familiar with the Ruby Black (Taiwan Tea #18) at Sun Moon Lake if you are a fan of black tea.  However, fewer people know about the story behind it.  As the subtitle saying “Rise from the Ashes of the Phoenix”, it is not only a story of the rise and fall of black tea in Yuchi Township, but also a story of people strove forward when it seemed no hope at all. Continue reading

Taiwan Tea Trip- Mingjian Town

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(Road to Mingjiang Tea Garden)

Previously, I talked aboutmy plan to visit Taiwan’s biggest tea plantation area (Mingjian). Mingjian is being responsible for more than 50% of tea production in Taiwan. The importance of Mingjian’s Tea to Taiwan is like Languedoc-Roussillon’s Wine to France, which produces more than a third of wine production in France. I personally love the wine from Languedoc-Roussillon area due to its diversified variety, stable quality and acceptable price. The Tea from Mingjian is just like this. So I choose Mingjiang as my first stop of tea trip in Taiwan. Here I come, Mingjian!!! Continue reading

How to brew ruby black 紅玉紅茶的泡法

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These days, I dranked quite a few of ruby black #18 from many tea farmers in Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan.  The teas grown in different villages have different aromas and flavor even from the same plantation region of Sun Moon Lake.  Guess it’s why the French puts so much importantance on the “Terrior” of wine region.  I will write another article to talk about this later.  What we will talk about today is simply how to brew a excellent ruby tea. Continue reading

葡萄酒新酒世界大戰的起源- 1976年 巴黎評判事件 Judgment of Paris

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今天要講的是改變葡酒世界的一件大事,對葡萄酒有研究的想必都知道1976年的巴黎評判(Judgment of Paris),其重要性就好比是黃興在辛亥革命所開的第一槍,阿姆斯壯登陸月球,或是波多黎各在2004雅典奧運會以92-73大勝美國夢幻六隊一樣,值得名留青史。 (大誤! 黃興是黃花崗,那辛亥的第一槍是誰開的?)

故事的開始是這樣的,在1976年的5月24號,距今37年,我出生前兩年,有一個英國商人Steven決定在法國巴黎辦一場葡萄酒的紅白大賽,由當時在世界上仍名不見經傳的美國加州酒廠V.S.世界葡萄酒的霸主-法國波爾多與勃根地的名莊 (五大酒莊的Mouton 與 Haut-Brion都有參加),

評審是由9位法國籍的葡萄酒專業人士擔任(包括侍酒師、評論家、酒莊釀酒師),品飲則是採盲飲制,不是說評審要把眼睛蒙起來喝酒,那也太瞎太盲,而是把要喝的酒個別裝到比賽用的瓶中,以免那些專業的法國佬,憑著酒瓶外觀就可猜出產地。

比賽的結果大大跌破專家眼鏡,美國加州的Stag’s Leap 與 Chateau Montelena打敗波爾多與勃根地的名莊,分別在紅白酒項目中奪冠掄元。要知道在當時普羅大眾的印象中,加州只是一個生產便宜葡萄酒的地方,說的誇張一點,大家可以想像台灣玫瑰紅在國際大賽中大敗拉菲堡、拉圖堡,得到冠軍的那種感覺,那種震撼!

詳細經過與名次可見於維基百科

這件事情劃時代的意義在於,新世界的葡萄酒產區,例如智利、阿根廷、澳洲、紐西蘭,開始體認到那些所謂法國的名莊酒不是那麼遙不可及,美國加州可以做到,那麼我們也可以,於是葡萄酒的世界開始風起雲湧,新舊世界大戰就此開始,一直延續到今天。