Herb_Master wrote:With Taiwan what Hojo wants is similar, instead of trying to imitate the highest mountain teas - all mountains of whatever altitude should try to produce a unique character for their mountain - not a competitor to the high mountain teas but one to be preferred when time and mood request it.
Maybe I just don't know enough about Taiwanese tea production, but I was not aware that this system is not already
In my experience, when dealing with reputable high end vendors, I have always seen a great deal of openness and honesty about a tea's origin and pedigree (mountain, region, village, elevation, name of the farmer, etc.). In other words, reputable vendors are not going to source an oolong from Nantou and tell you it's from Ali Shan, so I think the consumer does have the ability to learn each tea's terroir through tasting and experience if they so desire.
I think any tea farmers who are respected and highly regarded as masters of their art will always listen to the terroir and form a relationship with the leaf to bring out its best qualities. It's only in lower quality, or mass produced teas that I would worry about people attempting to force a tea leaf into something it isn't, or misrepresenting the tea's true origin.
So, if Hojo wants to see more emphasis placed on each region's unique terroir, isn't it simply a matter of seeking out the most skilled and dedicated tea farmers of a particular area, and then promoting that location when he sells the tea? Hasn't it been under his control all along? If I am misreading the original point, please do correct me.