Black Ruby

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Known as Experimental Tea #18, this extraordinary tea is a hybrid cultivation of wild tea plants growing around Sun Moon Lake in the mountains of central Taiwan. This pure tea has a natural fragrance of cinnamon and mint, and a distinctive earthy and malty flavor. The taste deepens, sip after sip.

The tea plants around Sun Moon Lake were originally planted by the Japanese in the 1920’s. The Assamese tea plants grown were intended to become a source of export revenue. Wars broke out, and the tea plants were forgotten and grew wild. In recent years, the Taiwan government has worked with local tea farmers to re-cultivate the plants.

Their success has led to one of the most delicious and unique black tea in the world. Taiwan Ruby is creamy and smooth without aftertaste or bitterness. The taste develops as you drink it. If tea could sweep you off your feet and leave you feeling dizzy with love, this would be the tea to do it.

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Backlogging tea party day: Yesterday was tea party day and this was our first regular tea. It was also the very last of this tea. I had received this in a swap with Paul M. Tracy a long while back and had hoarded it because it was so amazing. The company went out of business so I hoarded even harder. The lesson here is….don’t. Don’t save it, just drink it. This has lost some of its beauty to that robber called time.

It was a good tea yesterday, but when it was fresh and young it was an amazing one.

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Intense and weird. Good, though!

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The leaves are extremely long, twisty and adhesive so this might be better prepared by weight. The dry fragrance is sweet and dusty with a touch of anise.

Prepared, the fragrance is caramel and vegetative. The taste is full and malty. There was a brief sour “snap” at the end of the first few sips, but that subsided as the cup cooled (or my taste buds were finally awake.)

Subsequent infusions of this were pretty good for a black tea. It picked up a mellow, biscuity character.

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