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Ruby Black

Taiwanese Ruby Black, is very fragrant and rich with an incredible flavour profile of cinnamon, eucalyptus, stewed fruits and an almost cherry liqueur-like after taste. This limited production tea is from Sun- Moon Lake in Taiwan and is one of the most unique black teas on the market. Derived from a special tea cultivar called Ruby 18, which was developed by the Taiwanese Tea Research people (TTRES). They started in 1962 but only completed in 1999 by cross-breeding the Taiwanese Chin Xin leaf with the Assam leaf. Taiwanese Ruby Black will engage the senses and captivate your imagination.

Type: Red Tea

Cultivar: Ruby 18

Origin: Sun-Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan

Tasting notes: A brilliant red liquor, the aroma has scents of camphor, lilac, cherries, and a cinnamon sweetness. The body is medium, with camphor- eucalypt sensation followed by a cherry liqueur sweetness. There is a pleasant, light astringency and the camphor vapors linger.

Temperature: 90 degrees

Brewing instructions: Western method: Approx. 1-2 scoops or 3 grams for every 150ml of water for a 1-2-minute infusion

Gong fu method; 2-3 scoops or 5 grams for every 150ml of water. First infusion 20-30 seconds and then 40-50 seconds for up to 6 infusions.

Pair with: cured meats, rich stir-fries, dumplings, dark chocolate, cocoa, lamb


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