During our tea journey this year, we went to Sun Moon Lake to see the wonderful HUGOSUM Black Tea Garden of Denise and Steve.
Interestingly, HUGOSUM is not only to be understood as a tea farm. Rather, the owners try to give visitors an understanding of the history of black tea cultivation in Taiwan and the production of their high-quality black tea varieties in various courses.
That workshop offer varies seasonally. Unfortunately, there was no harvest time during our visit, so we were allowed to make great tea soap instead of black tea. During the production, our teacher Tost explained all the details of the tea cultivars used.
If you are interested in the workshops offered, we definitely recommend registering in advance, as the number of participants is limited.
All teas offered are grown exclusively in the tea gardens at Sun Moon Lake. This is also confirmed by the agricultural seal of approval, which even allows the tea to be traced back to the manufacturer and cultivation area using a barcode.
The following criteria are crucial to making a balanced whole loose leaf black tea. This can then be enjoyed either hot brewed or cold as an iced tea:
Sun Moon Lake is located in central Taiwan at an altitude of approximately 450 to 1000 meters above sea level.
The tea gardens are mainly located in hilly terrain with very permeable, less acidic soil, which offers ideal conditions for the cultivation of black tea.
The area around Sun Moon Lake belongs to the subtropical climate zone with an annual average temperature of 20 °C and high humidity.
Various types of tea from HUGOSUM will soon be available in our Evergreen Teashop!