Healthy competition can be a very good thing. In the case of tea farmers and producers, tea competitions can drive participants to learn more and create better teas. It can be good for tea drinkers as well.
Taiwan has been organizing tea competitions for nearly 40 years, and these competitions have raised standards and improved the reputation of the industry. But not all competitions deserve the same levels of admiration.
I asked three experienced Taiwan hands to help explain how Taiwan tea competitions work, and what can be expected of competition teas.