Taiwan Preview 7 – Tea Time

I’m just about to leave for the airport, so this will be the last Taiwan preview post, though there were still a couple more topics I’d hoped to cover.

There are teashops all over Taiwan. I’m particular to taro flavoured bubble tea, but a friend took me to a more traditional tea house the last time I was in Taipei. It was interesting to learn about the different tea varieties and proper preparation techniques. Unfortunately such a tea tradition is not part of the culture in which I grew up, and since that visit I’ve forgotten much the finer preparation and serving details. But as my friend mentioned during that visit, there’s more than one right way to prepare tea, and as long as you’re consistent about it and happy with the results, that’s what counts most.

In the first few images we’re receiving instruction by one of the tea house employees: