Pinglin is located in the Wen Shan region in Northeast Taiwan and has access to the purest water source with Fei Cui, Taiwan’s second largest reservoir, in the neighbouring Shiding District. Land development is prohibited and the use of pesticides and fertilizers is strictly regulated, which also creates the best soil and green land for animal and plant habitats.
Grown at 700 metres above sea level surrounded by trees the tea farmer’s family has harvested tea in this region for 93 years. Pinglin experiences a lot of rainfall at times, but the tea farm is on a well drained hillside and the plants are not affected.
This tea is 70% hand picked and the farmer adheres to traditional oxidation methods when processing Bao Chung to ensure the aroma and flavours retain their fresh, natural qualities. The tea processing method used for creating this strip-style oolong dates back to before the semi-ball rolled oolongs that Taiwan is now known for.
Bao Chung is also called Bao Zhong or Pouchong which translates to “wrapped in paper”, and it represents the traditional method of how 150g tea was wrapped by two square papers and turned into a rectangular bag with the tea name and seal on its cover.
Approximately 80% of Pinglin residents are either tea growers or tea sellers. When walking through Pinglin District during harvest season you are surrounded by “tea air” that emanates from the leaves naturally withering on bamboo trays in the sunshine.