Riyang Teayard is a tea family who grows and produces teas in Taiwan over three generations. All of the teas are 100% from Taiwan, home-grown, produced, and roasted teas from Lishan. Every leaf is hand-refined and selected with minimal tea wastes. The produced tea is additive-free, without preservatives and complies with the highest standards of 426 pesticide residues.
conceive the essence of the mountainous nature
The tea yard is located in Lishan range at around 2000-2600 meters above sea level in central Taiwan. The high altitude geography is gifted with hazy and cold climates which makes tea plants grow slower and have more time to conceive the essence of the mountainous nature. Given the long growing time, there are only two harvests per year – spring and winter.
Currently, Lishan has a tea cultivation area of about 410 hectares and the annual production stands at around 312 tonnes, which is 2% of the total tea production in Taiwan. Apart from Lishan, Riyang Teayard also shares the masterpieces with other experienced artisans from different mountains of Taiwan who have the same passion for tea.
beauty of ancient tea craftsmanship
With sophisticated production technique and technology, Taiwan produces many top quality teas that are considered the finest by tea connoisseurs. And amongst all varieties, semi-oxidised oolong tea is the earliest genus from the island. The craftsmanship handed down centuries ago leads Taiwan to become the most prominent semi-oxidised tea producer in the world.
Each clime nurtures a unique tea. Different mountains in Taiwan introduce their particular characteristics of flavours and tastes. Every tea leaf wraps the sunlight and raindrops from where it grows. Every harvest is a marathon for more than 24 hours, not just an ordeal of master’s endurance, the intricate processing is also a test of master’s proficiency and ability.
All tea is actually from the same plant – camellia sinensis – and different processing turns them into different kinds of tea. The processing may appear simple, but each step including growing, plucking, manufacturing, refining and packaging, involves exceptional diligence and mastery from every artisan.