I get a sugar rush whenever I have “white gourd” tea(冬瓜茶dōngguā chá). Tea culture in Taiwan: it’s not what you expect. Go to any Taiwanese city, and you will see scooter drivers stopping suddenly and going to a counter to grab a big plastic cup of iced tea. This is hot Taiwan, after all. In addition to “white gourd” tea(冬瓜茶dōngguā chá), they can get a myriad of flavors(口味kǒuwèi) such as mango green tea(芒果綠茶mángguǒ lǜchá), plum green tea(梅子綠茶méizi lǜchá), milk tea with pudding(布丁奶茶bùdīng nǎichá), and Taiwan’s most famous of all, pearl tea(珍珠奶茶zhēnzhū nǎichá)
(Pictures from Google)
One of the most famous tea shops in Taiwan - Coco
芒果綠茶mángguǒ lǜchá 梅子綠茶méizi lǜchá
布丁奶茶bùdīng nǎichá 珍珠奶茶zhēnzhū nǎichá
The younger generations drink tea when they are thirsty. They are concerned about their palate so they demand an ever-changing stock of flavors.
On the other hand, older people regard tea as more than a thirst quencher. They still appreciate a more traditional tea culture which takes a whole set of “tea tools”(一套茶具yī tào chájù). We call this tea ceremony “cha dao”(茶道chádào ), which requires a very specific sequence of procedures.
The good thing for tea lovers of all ages is that tea in all its forms continues to be a central part of Taiwanese culture. Tea has a bright future in Taiwan.
一套茶具yī tào chájù