Tea growing area at San-Lin-Se in Nantou

We can know by the name ‥Mountain Plum〃 that it is the place where is abundant
in plums. But it was unexpected that it became very famous for its being the earliest production area of high mountain tea in Taiwan.
In 1980ˇs, due to the output of Dong-Din Oolong Tea became not enough to satisfy demand of market. Tea planters began to search a substitute area, Mountain Plum, whose condition is similar to that of Dong-Ding. And the quality turned out to be very satisfactory.
It contains a special fragrance coming out of high mountains and has eventually become very popular in the market. It is the very origin of other high mountain teas.

From Town Mountain Plum to the tea production site, there are narrow and winded paths to be passed through. People are able to enjoy attractive scenery along the way. Tea growing fields spread from hillside up to the mountaintop. Tea production area in Mountain Plum includes the villages such as Taiping, Taishing, Reyli, Reyfong, Camphor Lake, Logan Woods etc. Tea production fields are widely spread and each one has unique character. The quality of the output obtains much appraisal.

Mountain Plum and Mountain Ali are separated by only one mountain range and have path connection, but some are hindered due to the earthquake of Sep. 21, 2000. It appears that Taiwan is not only a tea island but has also suffered high frequency of earthquakes.
For the recent decade, the tea output of Mountain Plum has become a frequent winner in the contest, as it is the result of local soil(black soil), weather (at an elevation over 1200M), and the fine work (with the appearance of tiny round shape) of tea planter. But from the viewpoint of a tea trader, the outer appearances of leaves are not so important as the color, taste and fragrance. Its production is of much delicacy, and takes much work on baking, which might be an advantage as well as a shortcoming.