Ruby 8 Taiwanese Black

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Brown Sugar, Camphor, Cherry, Cocoa, Cream, Honey, Malt, Menthol, Mineral, Molasses, Orange, Peach, Plum, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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Immediately striking, this beautiful and vibrant black tea is a unique treat. The sensation of drinking this tea is as if it were sweetened, but there is no sugar added. The color of brewed tea is a beautiful orange red, and the scent is rich and welcoming.

Taiwan is world renowned for its oolong tea but little is known of its phenomenal Black tea which is often referred to as Sun Moon Lake Black tea due to the location of its growth and production. This black tea is as unique and special as the oolong produced on the special island.

Ruby #8 is one of the earliest cultivars from the Taiwan Tea Research and Extension Station (TTES) to use Assamica, which was imported to Taiwan in the 1920’s.

The tea brews with a red-orange color, medium body, and smooth texture. We recommend brewing with 200 degree water for the first infusion which should be 1 minute. Increasing brew time with subsequent infusions.

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Here is yet another tea I drank back in May that is only just now getting a review on Steepster. Totem Tea graciously sent me a sample of this tea in 2017 in exchange for a Steepster review. Naturally, I am only just now getting around to posting one because it’s not like I procrastinate terribly or anything. Anyway, this was a very nice Taiwanese black tea. It was a bit gentler and smoother than expected, but it most certainly had a lot to offer.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a very brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 15 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of honey, sweet potato, sorghum molasses, and some sort of dried fruit. After the rinse, I found new aromas of roasted nuts, cocoa, and wood. The first infusion then introduced a scent of candied orange and a definite aroma of raisin. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of honey, sweet potato, sorghum molasses, raisin, wood, candied orange, and malt that were balanced by brown sugar and stone fruit accents. Subsequent infusions saw more cocoa come out on the nose along with aromas of malt, brown sugar, and cherry. Stronger impressions of brown sugar came out in the mouth while the previously vague, generic stone fruit notes turned into distinct flavors of peach, cherry, and plum. Roasted almond and cocoa notes also emerged alongside impressions of minerals, cream, and vanilla. I could detect something of a camphor/menthol-like note in the aftertaste too. The final infusions presented lingering mineral, malt, wood, candied orange peel, and sweet potato impressions chased by something of a vague herbal presence.

This was a very refined and often subtle Taiwanese black tea. I am used to Taiwanese black teas with a bit more wildness, but this one was nicely put together, tightly layered, and very approachable. I could see this making a great introduction to some of the higher end Taiwanese black teas or a wonderful tea for a slow, mellow gongfu session. At this point, I can safely say that Totem Tea offers some good stuff. Anyone with an interest in quality loose leaf teas should at least consider checking out their offerings at some point.

Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Camphor, Cherry, Cocoa, Cream, Honey, Malt, Menthol, Mineral, Molasses, Orange, Peach, Plum, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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