Sunday, March 10, 2013

2012 TOST - Hand Rolling Ruby 18 in Sun Moon Lake (10/23/2012)

 Taiwan Bear, Mr. Liang's nick name, prepared the withered leaves of Ruby 18 in his parents' tea factory for our 2012 TOST friends to experience the hands rolling. He also have the tea we have done separated and also to be further processed and packed in the tins with our ow signatures. Enjoy the slideshow and see the hard efforts plus the fun experience.

2012 TOST - Cupping Brandy Oolong in TRES / Yuchih Branch (10/23/2012)

TRES/Yuichih Branch is one of our TOST training facility, our 2010 TOST Hands on making tea mainly using this facilty. We like to visit this place, and having our Brandy Oolong cupping, with different cultivars, to be guided by Master Steve Huang.

2012 TOST - visit Organic tea garden in Nantou (10/23/2012)

 Mr. Chen Cheng-Ching, a good friend of our TOST.  He helps TTMA produce a video demonstration of how Oolong traditional hand rolling with canvas clothes for World Tea Expo.  Also he showed our 2008 TOST friends how machinery plucking in his tea garden, and how outdoor withering in mass scale... This time, Mr. Chen leads our 2012 TOST friends a short walk by some conventional tea fields to an isolated tea garden, which he owns and having "Taiwan organic practice"...  We are hoping he can get NOP certified and then we can bring his USDA Organic tea to the Northern America...

2012 TOST - Visit Hong-Hsin Tea Nursery (10/23/2012)

Mr. Kang, the owner of Hong-Hsin Tea Nursery is waiting for our arrival.  We are grateful to his kindness to open his tea nursery for our 2012 TOST friends.  Some farmers are having their own tea plants to be cloned in their own gardens.  Yet, most farmers will purchase healthy tea plants from the tea nurseries.  Hong-Sing might be the largest tea nursery in the Nantou tea district, and our instructor Mr. Steve Huang is a good friend, and that is why we are able to study cloning the tea plants here.  So many baby tea plants...and we can tell from his nursery's arrangement to judge what kind of cultivars are popular and why...