Hugosum Tea Garden
No. 5 Xiangcha Lane, Xincheng Village, Yuchi Township, Nantou County

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Hugosum Tea Garden was founded in 2005 by Shi Zhuhua, the daughter of Shi Chaoxing, a 92-year-old tea master. The Yuchi Township specializes in black tea. Yuchi Township became a disaster area after the September 21 earthquake, but the silver lining was that it led to the youth returning to their hometown. Under this circumstances, Shi Zhuhua returned to his hometown and decided to establish Hugosom Forest.

On the hillside not far from the Forest, green tea trees cover the mountains. Along the way one can find well-known red tea trees such as Taiwan Tea No. 8 Assam black tea, No. 18 Hongyu black tea, and No. 21 Hongyun black tea, as well as black tea gardens originating from the Japanese. Each tea tree has an average age of 80 to 100 years old.

Shi Zhuhua said that his trees are planted in an area of 5 hectares. The cultivation methods are nature-friendly, no pesticides are applied, weeding is done manually, only organic fertilizers are applied, leaves are hand-picked with each piece having one core and two leaves, and each batch of black tea will be sent for inspection to obtain an SGS report, so that quality and safety are guaranteed, and also provide a history of production and sales, allowing consumers to find out the source of the tea.

The black tea produced by Hugosum Tea Garden using Japanese tea-making technology can be prepared differently according to its variety. In addition to the unique Yingluo black tea, ruby black tea and emerald black tea, Hugosum Tea Garden also contains Assam black tea, Hongyu black tea and Hongyun tea. Hand-painted drawings are used to introduce the origin of tea tree varieties, designed into fashionable Goodies bags so that the youth can join the ranks of tea making and drinking. There are also creative desserts such as QQ Ruby Chocolate and Black Tea Biscuits.

The tea harvest season starts from April to November. During this period there is a half-day tea tour where tourists can not only get to know the history of black tea, but also pick the tea leaves so they can make black tea in their own homes. This fun activity attracts many foreign tourists. In addition, there are tea-making experiences, and hand-made black tea blessing DIY experiences. Food is provided in the orchard. Here you can not only sample muffins made of black tea, basque cakes, dried tofu, and black tea cat's claw cakes, but also drink the aesthetically-pleasing “6 flavors”, a taste of 6 black tea flavors in one go.