Sunday, September 17, 2023

#2023TOST -

9.17.2023 Sunday afternoon

Heartfelt appreciation to Arno Tsai of CHENPION… 
we did total 13 Taiwan Oolong on 5 Comparison Cuppings -
*two Jade Oolong (Jin Suang vs SiChiChun) in Cultivar study.
*3 Jade Oolong (all Chinsing Oolong cultivar) comparison cuppings in different seasons
*3 Jade Oolong, all Chinsing Oolong cultivar, from Lishan, DaYuLing, YuShan for mountains and Estates comparisons.
*3 Formosa Bonita: FB 74 from Alishan, FB 18 & FB 21 from Sun Moon Lake
*Oriental Beauty vs. Chun Oolong
At the end, a tea ceremony by Arno with Classic TungTing
What a nicely designed Focused Study on Taiwan Oolong for our TOST friends!

Thursday, September 14, 2023


We have a mini TOST this year… 
our first stop is the Academia Historica! It was our great honor to be greeted by President Chen and his great staff…Mr. Melvin Chen, our lovely Director Ao and Andy Chen!


Thursday, October 24, 2019

#2019TOST - 1

2019 TOST has begun....

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Learning Outcomes of #2019TOST

Before our #2019TOST program starts, I will like to share this link to every member.

These are the learning outcomes:

*Theory (Oolong_Sense)
*Cupping & Grading
*Tasting with Harmony Codes
*Menus & Serving Programs
on each Taiwan Oolong.

(*one correction:
“Ichi go Ichi e” by famous Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), so should be only 400+ years ago, not 900 years ago. My bad.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

1) #2018TOST - Opening Ceremony and first field trip to Wenshan Tea District.

With the blessing with Taiwan’s cool and some rainy moments...TOST 2018 has begun with exciting and full schedule to Wenshan Tea Dist, at The BAI Tea House, WenShan Farmer’s Asso and beautiful WANG DER CHUAN tea house!

Jacob Bai and his family greet our 2018 TOST friends to study Wenshan Pouchong 


Followed up on our trip to the historical Wenshan Farm...  Thankful to Director Lai and Mr. Ueng for taking their busy schedule to have us  to wander around.  We were shocked to see that many plantations here were gone, and added more camping grounds for school students and visitors.  Tea is too labor intensive and Farmers' Association cannot compete with individual farmer on managing tea gardens.  They are more focused on refinery.  Good thing that Wenshan Farm still keeps a very complete tea cultivars garden for study.



On the way returning to our base - Dongwu Hotel, we have made a stop to visit one tea shop, the famous Wang Der Chuan.  The owner Lynn Wang shares with our members her philosophy and the concept of librarian display to educate her customers.  They have quite a few upscale tea shops in Taiwan and China.