This week, I paid a visit to a tea seed & nursery field in Mingjiang. The owner, Mr. Kang, has many years experiences in nurturing tea cultivars. He is also the person who owns the right of two newly developed cultivars from TRES (Tea Research and Extension Station) : Biyu/ TTES#19 (碧玉/台茶19號) and Yingxiang/ TTES#20 (迎香/台茶20號) Any transaction of these tea plants needs Mr. Kang’s approval.
Mr. Lan (aka 南方佳木), on the right, is a senior tea master specialized in Taiwanese teas. He directly learned from Mr. Wu Zhen Dou (the father of Taiwanese tea), has strong knowledge of tea, in terms of tea history, tea culture, tea growing, tea manufacturing …ect. Mr. Lan has many students in Taiwan. We all agree he is a great asset of Taiwanese teas, and want to keep him as much longer as possible to learn more.
Original Tie Guan Yin/ 正欉鐵觀音
Tieguanyin is originated in in Anxi, China and passed over to Taiwan in 19th century. In Taiwan, it is mainly planted in Muzha, the one and only plantation region of Tie Guan Yin in Taiwan. We are very proud to say Taiwanese Muzha Tie Guan Yin is the original as we keep the traditional process of making Tie Guan Yin oolong. It has a stronger taste than its peers in China.
Red Jade (aka Ruby Back or TTES#18, but Red Jade is the closest to its original meaning in Chinese) is the most famous black in Yuchi, Nantou (Sun Moon Lake). It is a hybrid cultivar (between Taiwan local mountain tea and Myanmar big leaf variety) developed by TTES (Taiwan Tea Experimental Station)
It has strong note of cinnamon and mint in nose. tea liquor is dark red with medium body. Even though the tea is hot, the cool feeling of mint spread out in your palate after taking the first sip.
Biyu/ TTES#19 (碧玉/台茶19號)
It is a hybrid between TTES#12 and Green Heart Oolong. After r 51 years artificial hybridization, the cultivar is officially selected and registered as TTES#19. It is a small leaf cultivar. Its leaf color is light green, and hairy, slightly larger than TTES#20.
Yingxiang/ TTES#20 (迎香/台茶20號)
It is a hybrid between 2022 variety and Green Heart Oolong. After r 51 years artificial hybridization, the cultivar is officially selected and registered as TTES#20. It is a small leaf cultivar with high production.
Red Rhythm, pronounced as Hon Yun in Chinese, also called Taiwan Tea No. 21. This is a new hybrd variety of Kimen and Kyang (a big leaf variety originated in India), developed by Taiwan Tea Experimental Station.
Tea liquor looks ambe. It has strong note of citrus fruit, and mild follower fragrance in nose. Strong flavor of citrus fruit and middle tannin make a good balance in the palate.