Ruby Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Cacao, Raisins, Bitter, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Tannin, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine, Wet Earth, Cherry, Fruity, Astringent, Earth, Mineral, Black Currant, Dried Fruit
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 331 ml

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  • “Deep Reddish brown amber. No smoke and not tons of “toasted” flavor but definite rich, gently, slow roasted notes. Some juicy, subtle plum fruit. Verging on black tea. Just not a ton of dimension.” Read full tasting note
    82
  • “Love this tea! Drank 2 cups every morning until I ran out. The advertising is that the flavor has complex layers of cacao, raisin, and black cherry. It does! Finally a tea that tastes precisely...” Read full tasting note
    96
  • “Little sample from a tea box. This one surprised me with how tasty it is. I’m not even adding sugar, which is rare for me. It’s a nice buttery, slightly savory flavor. Not something I’d seek out,...” Read full tasting note
    81
  • “Geek Steep S2E3 – Steven Universe So this is the tea that I drank during recording for this week’s episode! I’ll be honest, if you’re familiar with the show at all and also familiar with Ruby...” Read full tasting note

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Organic oolong from northern THAILAND!!!

Elevation: 1,600 meters
Cultivar: Jinxuan

Incredibly rare and unique. Be prepared for deep-fermented notes of raisins and black cherry.

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Rishi Tea specializes in sourcing the most rarefied teas and botanical ingredients from exotic origins around the globe. This forms a palette from which we craft original blends inspired by equal parts ancient herbal wisdom and modern culinary innovation. Discover new tastes and join us on our journey to leave ‘No Leaf Unturned’.

17 Tasting Notes

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120 tasting notes

Deep Reddish brown amber. No smoke and not tons of “toasted” flavor but definite rich, gently, slow roasted notes. Some juicy, subtle plum fruit. Verging on black tea. Just not a ton of dimension.

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130 tasting notes

Love this tea! Drank 2 cups every morning until I ran out. The advertising is that the flavor has complex layers of cacao, raisin, and black cherry. It does! Finally a tea that tastes precisely as it should. This tea is rich and sophisticated, and if I can’t get another bag, I’ll cry.

Flavors: Cacao, Raisins

Mastress Alita

I absolutely love this stuff!

Cameron B.

Red oolongs are always so yummy! :3

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2268 tasting notes

Little sample from a tea box. This one surprised me with how tasty it is. I’m not even adding sugar, which is rare for me. It’s a nice buttery, slightly savory flavor. Not something I’d seek out, but tasty to try!

gmathis

Interesting! Savory oolongs are kind of in the minority, but that’s what we like best at our house.

AJRimmer

I don’t love flowery teas, so I’m sort of by default in the savory vs floral oolong camp! (unless there are even more camps!)

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Geek Steep S2E3 – Steven Universe

So this is the tea that I drank during recording for this week’s episode! I’ll be honest, if you’re familiar with the show at all and also familiar with Ruby Oolong than this probably feels like a very weird pairing…

But at the end of the day I just wanted to drink some delicious oolong so I leaned into the gemstone pun with the name. I had it cold brewed because it’s kind of like drinking a perfectly golden and slightly caramelized baked apple or quince which is so smooth and pleasant – but also because we’re officially back to recording in person again as of this episode, and when we record in person I turn the AC in my apartment off for noise control and… well… it gets HOT!! So cold brews while recording are a life saver.

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28 tasting notes

Very flavorful….just not my favorite flavor.

Flavors: Bitter

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75 tasting notes

I was given a sampler box of bagged teas by Rishi but branded for La Colombe, a coffee roaster. This was one of the teas. I followed the steeping guide on the bag packaging, though the temperature was approximate because my kettle isn’t that fancy.

The scent of the brewed tea is light and floral. I was tempted to try sipping it while it was too hot, but I refrained. I can taste some fruit, but the tannin is overwhelming.

Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Tannin

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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1548 tasting notes

Picked this up from the co-op a while back. It was much cheaper per pound there than through Rishi. Yay high turnover bulk.

Gone grandpa, 1 tsp, 10oz ceramic coffee mug, 195F, 2 top-offs.

The dry leaf scent resembles a young, non-boozy cabernet. I pick up on red fruit, green bell pepper and woody vanilla. The liquor smells mostly like baked cherries and honey with a dash of cocoa.

The taste is more complex. It seems like a medley of malty dark cherry pie and a flakey apricot and blood orange pastry with large sugar crystals sprinkled on top. The most prominent notes are honey, baked cherry and rose. Other, non-dominant tastes include a swirl of wet wood, musty autumn leaves, red plum, green bell pepper, golden syrup, violet, black licorice, cacao, vanilla, black pepper without the spicy bite and mineral. Mouthfeel is pretty light and later quite drying especially at the back of the throat and uvula, making for an awkward swallow. Aftertaste lingers early on before the astringency takes over.

This is a very tasty tea. Compared to previous brews western style, I pick up more flavor complexity with grandpa style. However, due to the astringency in the throat, I think it’s better-suited for western.. In general, it does lack the fuller, thicker mouthfeel that I appreciate, though that makes it good for a light daily drinker. I’ll have to try it out in a gaiwan.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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61 tasting notes

Nice comforting cup.

I tasted in this order: Peanut shell, dark chocolate, red wine, creamy coffee, muddy earth notes. Maybe a little raspberry. I can see why it’s a “ruby” oolong. Lingers on your tongue. I don’t really have much to say here; it’s very pretty.

Update: re-steeped twice the second time I made this. Now I get apricot. Still really yummy.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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21 tasting notes

Very good, I will definitely order more of this tea on my next Rishi Tea order.

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Raisins

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I went out to coffee with a friend yesterday and was delighted to discover that one of her favorite coffee shops (Kickapoo in Milwaukee’s Third Ward) also serves a nice selection of organic loose-leaf tea! I haven’t tried much from Rishi yet, but I’ve been impressed with what I’ve sampled so far. This was no exception! Large, unbroken leaves unfurled during the first steep, yielding a rich mahogany-colored tea with an intense wine-like aroma. The flavor was just the right balance of earthy and fruity with a lovely smooth texture and just a hint of astringency that kept me coming back for one more sip. The second steeping was just as flavorful as the first and I’m guessing the leaves would have held up for many more if I hadn’t gotten too deep in conversation to go up to the counter for more hot water!

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Fruity, Mineral, Red Wine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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