Tucked away in a back alley of Dihua Street, the story of Leung Kee Tea began in the vibrant Dadaocheng district in Taipei in 1970, and has since been dedicated to promoting Chinese tea culture.
With a passion for tea originating in his love for Zisha clay teapots and antique tea ware, the founder Mr. Chen was drawn to the intoxicating scents and notes of tea that initiated him to the wondrous universe of tea culture spanning over two thousand years.
From the 70s onwards, Mr Chen had been visiting tea farmers, traders and antique markets in the remoted villages in Taiwan and China, with a view to promoting premium Taiwan-grown tea leaves at home and in China, Hong Kong, Austria, Canada and the United States. His penchants for tea culture, informed by a deep reservoir of experience, is best evidenced by his teapot collection from the Ming and Qing dynasties, which was exhibited in the National Museum of History - a confirmation of his connoisseurship in antique tea ware. The founder once said, ‘Bitterness and the astringent aftertaste are the merits in tea.’ The profundity of tea culture lies in its layered nuances where the initial bitterness gradually give way to a lingering, luscious aftertaste.
The passion for tea and antique continues to smoulder in the second generation of the Chen family, who now takes the helm of the half-century-old tea house. Today, the historic brand emerges from a modern makeover that redefines traditional tea culture, making it relevant to the lifestyle of the younger generation as a heritage to be passed down forever.