Taiwan Black Tea

Taiwan, in modern times is famous for its Oolong tea, but in the first half of the 20th century was a major producer of Black Tea (since the middle of Japanese Era 1899-1945).  By the 1970's the labor costs were rising quickly, and the political significance of Republic of China was decreasing.  During the 70's and 80's the once prosperous black tea industry had all but disappeared.  But thanks to the resurgence in Black Tea consumption both in and outside of Taiwan of recent years, some of the oldest black tea factories are back in the game!