A US actor known for his roles as “Mr Big” in the TV show and movie Sex and the City as well as Detective Mike Logan in Law and Order, yesterday said he was amazed by Taiwan’s unique tea culture after visiting a century-old tea factory in Taipei.
During his first visit to Taiwan, Chris Noth said tea production in Taiwan — from grading raw tea, sieving, curing to drying — is so complicated that Western tea simply cannot compete.
“I don’t think I will be able to experience other teas in quite the same way,” Noth said during a trip to Wang Tea at the invitation of the Tourism Bureau.
Noth, who owns a tea brand himself, said what impresses him the most about the production of Taiwanese tea is the amount of labor and time involved.
Wang Lien-yuan (王連源), the fourth-generation owner of the store, said the Oolong tea he offered Noth usually takes more than 24 hours to cure at about 100°C.