「Sunrise Re Pot」The sunrise view and the clear tea emitting temperament of aesthetics at dusk are fantasized into light and prolonged mellowness that indulge people with drinking in time of Zen. Product Director Jia-Shang Chen has committed to study tea production for all his life, started cultivating tea in 1981. Under the leadership of old tea masters, Chen emphasizes o building Taiwan’s premium oolong tea, Jinxuan and black tea starting from the cultivation, harvest, production and roasting. Chen even built his own premium brand for Taiwan fine tea, 「Sunrise Re Pot」
Chen dedicates everything he owns to Alishan and only the land, customs and weather of Alishan can brew such exquisite and mellow tea leaves, while only the majesty of mountains can highlight the prestige and collection in premium tea. Alishan have a unique climate and environment, where fog travels all day through the tea trees, giving birth to rich and thick tea leaves. There is enough daylight and drastic change in temperature, so the tea could slowly collect essence of dew, cloud, and fog drip. This one-of-a-kind growing condition makes for leaves of exceptional flavor and complexity that is hauntingly memorable.
Full concentration is the key to cultivate good tea in Alishan. Chen has visited all mountain sides, tasted different tea and experienced the movements of mountains while staying close to the rhythm of nature for cultivation in order to present the best products of Alishan tea.
ea trees are evergreen wooden plants that require constant care. Tea making requires preparation in the morning and following the weathering for growth. Each of the tiniest changes in nature could genuinely be reflected on the taste tea. Sometimes, it is necessary to sacrifice benefits of cultivation without sabotaging the environment, using natural cultivation farming that takes ecology into consideration, providing sufficient circulatory growth for the nature. For example, the distance between cultivation rows and between the tea trees are calculated within certain extent to avoid abusing land use. Occasionally, during flood seasons, it is difficult to control the tea quality, and sometimes it takes one whole season to dessert the land and wait for next season.
The land and weather are closely related to nourish the exclusive taste of Alishan tea. Not only so, the post tea-making process is so complex that can finely exhibit the savor of tea. Tea gardens are attentively monitored and administered for trimming and organization, which will eventually lead to the harvest of the “young leaves,” The thick leaves come with soft branch that consist of the top shoot and the two tender leaves on the side. The shoots are gently removed using the flexibility between fingers, in order to fully preserve that natural taste.
In addition to the appeals in picking with finger tips, balanced timing for sun drying, the tea is repeatedly kneaded until fermentation and roasting. Such approach can truly resume the perfection of tea with reliance on control over tea-making process. 「Sunrise Re Pot」 emphasizes on the tea cultivation from one single place in Alishan, taking rigorous control on all process without consigning the work to others, thereby re-awakening the authentic savor of tea.
Making tea poses an Eastern esthetic significance. Much endeavor is needed in the studies of tea. The tea cleanses the soul and cultivates a way of life. A trail of the heart is thus created, illuminating the beauty and subtlety that refreshes all senses. Intoxicated by the scent of tea, our heart skips a beat, and slows down the pace of life. Let us hide away from the secular noise, and see the layers of complexity brewing in the tea, enjoy a life of tea and Zen philosophy.