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17 Feb

Yingge

I think I’m in love. With a town, that is. Taiwan has a thing for concentrating certain specialties in certain areas. A woodcarving town? Taiwan has one. A mountain famed for its pears? Got it. A city known for specific confections? Yes, that too. Yingge is Taiwan’s ceramics town. Located

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A Taiwanese Tea Expo
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08 Jan

A Taiwanese Tea Expo

I spent last weekend at a tea expo in Taichung, Taiwan. To be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting that much from it, but it was spectacular! Here are a few highlights: * I got to drink aged Liu Bao (a type of “black tea” / “dark tea” from Guangxi, China)

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A New Tea Center
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30 Dec

A New Tea Center

I study, volunteer and live at a tea center in Taiwan. It’s known as Tea Sage Hut, and known for Global Tea Hut and The Leaf Magazine. At Tea Sage Hut, we host tea lovers from around the world. Together, we drink tea and learn from the spirit of tea

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07 Nov

Ali Shan

Ali Shan is a famous tea-producing region in Taiwan. It is known for its high-mountain oolongs, but its fame is in part due to its status as a tourist destination. Ali Shan is typically visited by busloads of tourists who are there for the views of the stunning mountain range

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Sun Moon Lake
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30 Oct

Sun Moon Lake

One of the things I love the most about living in Taiwan is that I can visit gorgeous tea-producing areas and drink incredible teas pretty much anytime. Whether it’s drinking tea daily at the tea center where I study in Taiwan, taking a day trip to Yingge for the tea

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Tea on a Boat
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08 Oct

Tea on a Boat

This weekend, I had the pleasure of drinking tea on a boat in Taipei. No matter how much detail I use to describe this occurrence to you, I will never be able to give you a complete picture, so I’ll just mention a few highlights of the event: * A

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A Day at an Oolong Farm
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06 Oct

A Day at an Oolong Farm

Today, I visited an organic tea farm in Nantou, Taiwan, with my tea brothers from Global Tea Hut. It had been about ten months since I had visited a Taiwanese tea farm and I hadn’t visited an organic tea farm since I covered the Darjeeling first flush harvest for Fresh

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Moon Cakes & Pu-erh Cakes
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30 Sep

Moon Cakes & Pu-erh Cakes

Today, I celebrated the Moon Festival in Taiwan for the first time. It was, in many ways, the perfect way to celebrate it. The day began early with a trip to an ancestor shrine — home to an underwater spring that bubbles with some of the best water for tea

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11 Sep

New Tea Calendar

A lot of people have been asking for more images of my tea travels. Well, I’ve listened. And I’ve incorporated 15 of them into a new tea calendar for 2013. The calendar features photographs from my visits to the tea fields of India and Taiwan, the tea houses of Tokyo

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23 Aug

Taiwan: An End and a Beginning

A week ago, I ended my life as a tea nomad and began a new journey. I loved spending a year traveling to Japan, Taiwan, India, Europe and elsewhere to study tea production and tea cultures. However, I am also thrilled to be settling in Taiwan for the next year

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