Formosan teas were first introduced to the West in 1869 by John Dodd, a British entrepreneur living in Taiwan. The teas were very well received by the upper classes in both New York and London, and soon became the infusion of choice for the wealthy and discerning.
Following of a series of historical events, Formosan teas became lost to the Western world. The Japanese occupation of 1895-1945, two world wars, trade embargoes and postwar tension with Communist China disrupted Taiwan’s international tea trade.
The recovery began with Taiwan’s economic miracle in the late 1970′s. Strong domestic demand led to a tea renaissance.