Back to Taiwan travels!
Most of us think of oolong tea when we think of Taiwan, but the island has a long history of producing black teas. We visited the popular Sun Moon Lake area where we were treated to black tea made from bushes of old growth plants dating to the Japanese occupation era (late 1800's into mid 1900's). I've grown really fond of this tea. It's delicious straight up, with no need for milk or sugar.
We stayed at a small inn a few miles from the tourist area of Sun Moon Lake. The inn showcases the black tea production in the area and plays on a European theme. They offer a British-style afternoon tea.
We of course participated in afternoon tea! We enjoyed quiche and this delicious chocolate molten cake with cranberry and tea leaf garnish, along with many cups of the delicious black tea. The photo below shows the accommodations. We also had the chance for a Wu-Wo tea session in the front yard while staying here.
I love the picture below of Shiuwen, our tea expert and guide. Her laughter captures the moment well.
This afternoon tea experience was a nice surprise for us! After drinking cup after cup after wonderful cup of tea made in the Taiwanese style, this experience reminded me of tea's diversity and flexibility. It was also fun to see a "Western" cultural item translated into another peoples' context.