Ruby 18 lovers thread (and other Taiwanese black)
I’ve decided I want to explore Taiwanese Ruby #18 in depth. I’d love to hear anything you can tell me about it. Places to buy it. Best seasons. Best growing regions. Brewing experiments. Best fresh or aged?
I feel that this tea is very unique and special. I’ve only tried one example of Ruby #18 but look forward to exploring all the enjoyment it has to offer. Also enjoying a #21 and would like to hear more about that tea too.
The Ruby I have is from Rishi. It’s a bit on the bitter side which I like. Will probably try a couple Rubies from Taiwan Sourcing next.
I have the Ruby #18 that is from Rishi as well, but haven’t tried it yet. Perhaps I should make that a priority!
One of my favorites as well! I think I had a decent one from Tea Hong last year. Would love to hear other ones people really like.
Song tea in San Francisco has an incredible #18. It’s a loose leaf black. I’ve also had a Ruby Oolong from American Tea room that is really good. Not sure if it is the same cultivar or what makes it a ruby. but it was a really nice roasted oolong and from Thailand.
The best #18 I’ve ever had was Organic Formosa Red, no. 18 by Red Blossom Tea Company. It held up well over the three years I had it, but unfortunately it is no longer available.
I’ve looked at both the websites for Song Tea and Red Blossom. Their reviews are great and I would like to get some tea from them but the prices are pretty high. Feeling more comfortable about spending that much having had some feedback from this chat.
Song tea is expensive. But they are really good. I had the chance to actually go there and I tried their 18 and was like Whaaat. so good. so I got it. I could see being apprehensive if you actually haven’t had any. I’m all out right now otherwise I would totally do a trade.