One news that I read on line this morning brought the sense of shame deeply – One American (a Chinese?), Tony Po, opened a bag of Alishan Oolong that his friend’s father brought back from Taiwan and discovered the content was rice instead of tea.
This is not a normal mistake or something we can joke about it; it is an outrageous misconduct because there is no chance to mass up the processing and packaging of tea and rice in one place. So how did this happen? Was it an non-intentinoal human error or was it an intentional unethical business conduct? For years, I tried to promote not only quality tea but also try to help people to understand and appreciate the beauty of Chinese traditions, moral practice and values. Now one tiny ‘mouse shit’ has potentially hinder the years of efforts in case that American drew the wrong perceptive conclusion about Taiwan. Even though I really hope that I could find reasonable excuses for this ‘mistake’ as ‘stupid human error’, but I do not know how can I exclude the possibility that it can be an unethical business conduct.
Even though I am not the one who should take the responsibility for such unthinkable ‘mistake’, but as a responsible representative to promote Taiwanese tea in Europe, if this kind of ‘packing other things in a tea bag that is not tea but it has been sold as tea’ ever happens in Europe, then people can simply contact me with the detailed information about when, where and with who s/he purchased the tea from and send me the actual package and photo of when s/he opened the package, I will do my best to investigate and report this matter meanwhile provide her/him with a bag of genuine Taiwanese Oolong tea as a token of apologize on behalf of Taiwan.
Simple tips to identify genuine Taiwanese Gaoshan Oolong
- Size – due to the cold air and humidity on the high altitude regions, so the size of half rolled oolong tea is big but not thin and tiny.
- Color of tea leaf- due to the light fermentation, so the color should be in refreshing olive green
- Color of tea – should be in yellowish amber that is clear and transparent
- Shape – tea leaves were picked by hand and the processed by semi-manually, so the good process tea leaves should have brownish red edge, fine quality tea leaves are opened gradually in the gaiwan or teapot but not at once in the first infusion.
When the web shopping is becoming more and more popular, the only advice that we can give you is to carefully select your tea supplier.