Hongyu Hongcha Nantou Ruby #18 SUN MOON LAKE BLACK TEA

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Tea type
Black Tea
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Black Tea Leaves
Cinnamon, Drying, Grapes, Malt, Menthol, Mineral, Sweet, Tannic, Vegetal, Wood, Caramel, Chocolate, Fruity, Medicinal, Mint, Citrus, Nutmeg, Cocoa
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Fair Trade, Organic, Vegan
Typical Preparation
Use 6 oz / 192 ml of water
Set water temperature to 200 °F / 93 °C
Use 5 g of tea
Steep for 2 min, 30 sec
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“One of those days when I open the drawer and rifle through the dozens of sample packets and toss them aside one by one. No, not that one. Had that one recently. Eh, not wanting to steep that many...” Read full tasting note
“Thank you Fong Mong Tea for this Sample The weather is windy this afternoon, cloudy with a sprinkle of rain now and then. I am always tempted to gather my tea tray and a black tea or pu-erh when...” Read full tasting note
“This is my first sample from Fong Mong Tea as well as my first Sun Moon Lake. Is it possible that a black tea can taste vegetal? I think so – to me anyway. Smells like a warm inviting soup...” Read full tasting note
“I definitely jumped on the chance to get some free samples from Fong Mong Tea, especially after early reviews for their teas were coming back really positive. I asked for this one in order to...” Read full tasting note


Hongyu Hongcha, Sun Moon Lake black tea (also known as Ruby #18) can be declared “Red Treasure” in central Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County is surrounded with mountains and lakes with remarkable environment and typical climate. Heavy moist and stable yearly average temperature make the tea trees grow thick and rich tea leaves which produce carmine and perfectly clear liquor. Its unique sweet aroma with the cinnamon hint and strong mint flavor make it truly unforgettable. Rich catechins enrich its character of black tea itself. It is also the best ingredient to make “bubble tea” (the most famous Taiwanese tea drink on earth).

Brewing tips:

The water used to steep this tea should be about 90-95 degree Celsius. Use about 3 grams of tea leaves for about every 150c.c. of water. A steeping time of about 3-5 minutes is recommended with more or less time depending on the desired concentration. As a rough guide, the higher the temperature of the water or the greater the amount of leaves used, the shorter the steeping time should be. The tea leaves should uncurl for full flavor.


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