Taiwan Food Tour: Visiting Tea Farms in Alishan (Ashley from Travel Man 48 Hours in Hong Kong)

While Taiwan might be the less popular destinations for travellers from the west, it’s my favourite place to visit in Asia because their food is just AMAZING. The country is also known for its tea production and I visited a few tea farms while I was there!


I didn’t really get to talk a lot about the type of teas grown in Alishan. So here are some quick info:

Alishan (Ali Mountain) is one of Taiwan’s most famous tea growing areas that are typically situated between 1000-1500 meters in attitude. It produces high mountain oolong tea, which is known for its slightly sweet fragrance, with floral and fruity notes.

The tea trees shown in the video are trees of milk oolong, which is an oolong tea named after its creaminess (no milk / cream is actually added in the tea production). The milk oolong produced at this tea farm is grown with organic fertilisers made with beans. It’s slightly creamy on the nose and surprisingly light and floral, with a hint of creaminess to finish.

If you are to purchase milk oolong from a shop, try to take a good smell of it first. You don’t want the ones that are added with artificial fragrance! Anything that smells like milk powder or overly creamy is a sign that the producer has added artificial fragrance for an extra boost of creaminess on the nose.

* Tea farm shown in the video is 御統茗園 at Alishan.
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* Best way to get to Alishan is by driving.

This is part 1 of my Taiwan trip in 2018. Part 2 will be coming soon!

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10 Replies to “Taiwan Food Tour: Visiting Tea Farms in Alishan (Ashley from Travel Man 48 Hours in Hong Kong)”

  1. Stannous Flouride

    I was taught by my (China-trained Korean) herbalist that the bitterness of ginseng is a good way to tell whether you have to tell whether you have too much sugar in your system. That is, the more sugar in your body, the more bitter the taste.

  2. Nate Gilbert

    Awesome! Taiwan looks amazing. Sadly, I've only ever seen the airport in Taipei. I'm glad that you picked the sweet potato & bamboo shoot sticky rice cake. I was fixated on that when you scanned the menu. And tree tomatoes? I've never even heard of them before. I've got a mission now. Can't wait to see part 2! 🙂

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