Ruby is our name for the Hong Yue (literally "red jade") cultivar, a premier black tea cultivar in Taiwan that renders a very unique character if processed with skill. Ruby has a very assertive, strong flavored cup with a deep red infusion color and is best for gong fu cha style brewing, using a lot of leaf and short infusion times to yield multiple cups from the same serving of leaf.
Tasting Notes: Remarkably strong with exotic
notes of wintergreen, camphor,
allspice and tropical fruits
Ingredients: Black tea.
Additional Info: Classic black teas offer a timeless taste
of tea's rich history and express a
distinct sense of place, determined not
only by geography and climate, but also
by culture and tradition.
This tea originates in Taiwan.
Water Temperature: 195°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 2 minutes (1st infusion), 3 minutes (2nd infusion), 4 minutes (3rd infusion)
Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.
For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Guywan
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By sheena on August 25, 2013
Walker, Louisiana, AL United States
I almost didn't get this tea bc it's a bit expensive. I ended up ordering it so I wouldn't have to pay shipping. So glad I gave it a try! I ordered several black and oolong teas that are all wonderful, but this was by far the best tea I have ever tried! When I opened the packet it came in I was blown away by the sweet and unique taste! It's super smooth with no bitterness which is rare in black teas. I can't put in words the wonder of this perfect tea! When I get the itch to splurge again it will be this stuff! I can taste why it's so pricey, but not sure why no one else has posted about this Ruby! If you try it.. you will love!
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By David on March 31, 2015
Baton Rouge, AL United States
I concur with my neighbor from Walker. This is an excellent tea. I highly recommend using the gongfu cha gaiwan method in the Rishi video attached to this review. Filling the gaiwan to 60% sounds like a lot, especially with an expensive tea, but the results are truly wonderful, and you can keep infusing four, five maybe more times. Try it. Great tea. Great instruction from Rishi.
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