Hong Yu - Taiwan Ruby Black Tea, Winter 2012

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Black Tea
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Black Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “sipdown! mwahahah because the other half of my sample is going to go in to Terri's box so that she can try this one as well. I have to say, these leaves are pretty darn big once they expand...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Just prepared this gongfu style and hated it so much that I threw the leaves out after the first cup. This is odd, since I've never had such a bad experience with Norbu Tea, but the tea literally...” Read full tasting note
    NofarS 386 tasting notes
  • “I received a generous (10 gram) sample of Hong Yu Taiwan Ruby Black from Norbu and have been looking forward to trying it. The very dark dried leaves are beautifully twisted and elongated, and...” Read full tasting note
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    Shera Pop 1073 tasting notes
  • “The last sipdown until later this evening, as I'm gonna be leaving to play at a wedding in a little while, & I need time to dry out a little, if you know what I mean! The wedding is at this neat...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 2954 tasting notes

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Product Ships in 200g farm-sealed, foil pouch
Harvest: Spring, 2012
Growing Area: Yuchih Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Elevation: 1,970-2,300 ft (600-700 M)
Varietal: Tai Cha #18

Overview:
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. Usually, on plantations at a moderately high altitude such as the one where this tea was grown (600-700 Meters/1,970-2,300 ft), Taiwanese tea growers do not produce much black tea due to very strong domestic demand for higher altitude grown oolong teas, so I really feel lucky to have found such a carefully & expertly produced black tea from this area.

About the Name:
Our Ruby Black Tea was produced entirely from hand picked and expertly processed Spring harvest, 2012 tea. The cultivar or sub-species of Camellia Sinensis used to produce this tea is known as “Tai Cha #18,” which basically means this tea varietal 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)

Appearance, Flavor & Aroma:
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 reminds me a lot of a good Yunnan or Assam black tea. The flavor profile of this tea 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.

Steeping Guideline:
As usual, I suggest Gong Fu style preparation with this tea. Rather than sticking to a specific weight of tea leaves to water volume measure, we recommend simply filling your gaiwan or Yixing style teapot 1/3 to 1/2 full of dry tea leaves, use water just under a boil and a series of short steepings. If you prefer to use a weight to volume measure, try starting with 7 grams of leaf in a 150 ml gaiwan or teapot.

For Western-style steeping, start with about 3 grams of leaf (good luck getting this leaf to fit in a teaspoon measure) per standard size cup. Use water just off the boil, and steep for 3-5 minutes. Adjust the amount of leaf, steeping time, and water temperature used according to your preference.

General steeping guidelines for the different categories of Chinese tea and a short downloadable “how to” video on Gong Fu style tea preparation are available on our Chinese Tea Steeping Guide page.

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4 Tasting Notes

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4923 tasting notes

sipdown! mwahahah because the other half of my sample is going to go in to Terri’s box so that she can try this one as well. I have to say, these leaves are pretty darn big once they expand through brewing :) this is on the sweeter side of things, without being as distinctively sweet as some of the teas from TTC that I’ve had. it still comes across as a bit of a malty sort of tea but not to the extent of say, Tiger Assam. I am really enjoying this because it’s just a bit different than similar teas that i’ve had.

Norbu (greg) included this one for me because i was trying to find a similar tea to the one i fell in love with from Norbu that they have since stopped purchasing because of the lack of demand in the US. SHAME ON YOU US! :) While this IS a tasty tea, it doesn’t hold the same power over me as the other one. Still though, i enjoy this one a bunch.

Norbu has some excellent customer service for anyone interested, and until the end of January they’re having a 25% off sale :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Shhhhh….you’ll wake up little terri, & she doesn’t need to know about that sale right now. She’ll start bragging about her birthday & all the presents (tea) she thinks she should get…

gmathis

Rock-a-bye Terri, go back to sleep
You’ve already got too many to steep…
(cheesy sheepish grin)

Terri HarpLady

It’s true!

Sil

hahaha love it!

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386 tasting notes

Just prepared this gongfu style and hated it so much that I threw the leaves out after the first cup. This is odd, since I’ve never had such a bad experience with Norbu Tea, but the tea literally tasted like vomit :(
Not grading it or chucking it at the moment – will try again with a different combination of leaves/water/temperature.

sherapop

I discovered that the second infusion was much better than the first. Perhaps this is a case where the tea needs a hot rinse?

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I received a generous (10 gram) sample of Hong Yu Taiwan Ruby Black from Norbu and have been looking forward to trying it.

The very dark dried leaves are beautifully twisted and elongated, and they unfurl upon infusion into fairly large leaves. The liquor is orange amber, and the flavor is nice. I would describe it as somewhere between a Ceylon and an Assam. I drank my glass au naturel, but next time I may try it with cream.


second infusion: this was so tasty and much better than the first! Perhaps I should start heeding the advice of those who advocate tossing the initial infusion. The real question is: could I knowingly dispense with all of that caffeine????


third infusion: it is virtually unheard of chez sherapop to do a third infusion of a black tea, but tonight’s Taiwan Ruby Black Tea proved to improve with each successive steep! I really loved the third infusion and was tempted to do a fourth, but the evening slipped away from me. It was only after three steeps that the leaves had expanded to their full size—wow, they are really huge!

I’m probably going to buy a supply of this excellent black tea before it disappears, now that I have discovered how excellent the later infusions are. Who would have guessed? Well, perhaps a true black tea connoisseur, but I for one had no idea!

I have increased my rating of this tea and suggest that those who are unhappy with the first infusion, simply move on to the second!

(Blazing New Rating #32)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

How did you get a sample? Couldn’t find a link. I want to try some teas fr them badly;)

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The last sipdown until later this evening, as I’m gonna be leaving to play at a wedding in a little while, & I need time to dry out a little, if you know what I mean!
The wedding is at this neat old lodge in Grafton, Ill, & I was thinking it was about an hour away, but I just realized it’s actually more like an hour & a half, so time to get moving! Here’s the website of the place, located north of Alton, IL, & also north of Elsa, IL (big attraction for Christian Scientists, they have a college there), along the Great River Road (big tourist attraction, especially for Bikers). It’s a gorgeous day, so there will be hundreds of motorcycles along the way. By the way, anybody wanna buy my Harley? 1200 Sportster, 05. Her name is Ruby, kind of like this tea, & she is lava sunglow red. I never have time to ride anymore…
http://www.pmlodge.net/

The tea: Another one from Sil. It’s tart, rich, & spicy, but again confirms that although I enjoy some teas from Taiwan, I much prefer teas from Yunnan & Fujian more. There is this underlying taste to some Taiwanese teas that doesn’t always sit well with me. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t drink a cup of this, if offered, however.
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gmathis

That lodge looks heavenly. Check me in.

Terri HarpLady

It is a pretty cool place. I’ve never actually stayed there, but I’ve played several weddings there, & once a bunch of us rode our Harleys there on a saturday for brunch. The do a very big brunch on the weekend.

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