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Ruby Black - Taiwan Black Tea
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
This is a beautiful looking and exceptional quality black tea grown in the Yuchih Township area of central Nantou County, Taiwan. The plantation is located in the hills overlooking the famous "Sun Moon Lake," which is Taiwan's largest natural lake and a very popular tourist attraction. The dry leaves are beautifully dark, long and twisted, and are predominantly composed of complete/whole leaves. It has a distinctively malty aroma in the dry and wet leaves that is strongly reminiscent of a good Yunnan or Assam black tea. The flavor profile is malty-sweet with a bit of fruit, a bit of spice, and very little astringency. It produces an exceptionally smooth and sweet cup of black tea.
About the Name:
The cultivar or sub-species of Camellia Sinensis used to produce this tea is known as "Tai Cha #18," which just
means this tea variety was bred/developed and designated as a unique cultivar by the Taiwan Tea Research Institute and was given the name (or number) "Taiwan Tea #18." Other cultivars used in Taiwan's tea industry are similarly numbered and also have common market names. For example, Tai Cha #12 is commonly known as Jin Xuan, and Tai Cha #18 has come to be known as "Hong Yu" or Red Jade/Ruby. (What we call "black tea" in the West is known as Hong Cha or "Red Tea" in Chinese tea-language, so we call this tea "Ruby Black" to at least try to eliminate some confusion)
Leaf: ±3 g (best to weigh because of leaf size/shape; approx 5 tsp) per cup
Water: 212°F (boiling)
Time: 3-4 Min
Start with 7-8 grams of leaf in your favorite gaiwan, water just off the boil, and a series of short infusions. Start with a quick rinse, about 20 seconds for the first steep, and gradually increase the steeping time over a series of infusions.
Please be sure to adjust the amount of leaf, steeping time, and/or water temperature according to your taste.
Harvest: Winter, 2013
Origin: Yuchih Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Cultivar: Tai Cha #18
Elevation: 1,970-2,300 ft (600-700 M)
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
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