Ruby 18 Organic Taiwan Black Tea - Winter 2015

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Malt, Cinnamon, Floral, Mint, Orchids, Rose, Spearmint
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 oz / 123 ml

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  • “This is a nice black tea with notes of malt. Can’t say I noticed any mint notes there. It was good. This is already my fourth tea this morning so I stopped at eight steeps. I think it would...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Spearmint! This is an interesting black tea in that it naturally is pumping out some seriously minty aroma. I had the Spring 2015 Ruby 18 black tea from Taiwan Sourcing previously, and this is...” Read full tasting note
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Developed in 1984, Ruby 18 was the result of many years research made by TRES (Tea Research & Extension Station). Thanks to its parents ─ Taiwanese Original Wild Tea and Burma Assamica, Ruby 18 creates a very unique and special experience for black tea lovers.

With a strong cinnamon aroma and minty after taste Ruby 18 has secured it’s position in the world of traditional black tea after going through the correct methods of processing. The material of this particular tea is from the very first plantation that grew Ruby 18.

Harvest: Winter 2015 / 冬 二零一五

Varietal: Ruby 18 / 紅玉十八號

Elevation: 600 M

Region: Puli / 埔里

Oxidation Level: 85 %

Roast Level: 0

Aging Potential: High

Certified Organic

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1546 tasting notes

This is a nice black tea with notes of malt. Can’t say I noticed any mint notes there. It was good. This is already my fourth tea this morning so I stopped at eight steeps. I think it would have gone a few more. It was good as are all the black teas from Taiwan Sourcing.

I steeped this eight times in a 150ml gaiwan with 7.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Spearmint! This is an interesting black tea in that it naturally is pumping out some seriously minty aroma. I had the Spring 2015 Ruby 18 black tea from Taiwan Sourcing previously, and this is quite a bit different. The Spring batch was more complex with notes of licorice, cinnamon, and much more subtle mint. This Winter batch throws all of that to the wayside and pushes the mint fully forward. It reminds me a bit of drinking a wild arbor Yunnan assamica black tea, but with the fruity character replaced with mint. Pretty interesting but not a repeat buy for me.

Flavors: Malt, Mint, Spearmint

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