Ruby Black
Taiwan Hongyu Black Tea

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Ruby Black is our name for this grand cru black tea made exclusively from the Hong Yu ("red jade") cultivar, which was originally developed by cross-breeding a native wild Taiwan tea variety with a Burmese strain of Irrawaddy sinensis . This tea is sometimes traded under the name Ruby #18, which refers to the number by which Hong Yu is catalogued in the Taiwan Tea Research and Extension Station registry of cultivars. It is a premier cultivar that renders a very unique character in black tea if processed with skill. The essential Ruby has a very assertive, strong flavored cup with a deep red infusion color that reveals rich, concentrated aromas of concord grape and hints of cinnamon or mint, depending on the nuances of the season. We suggest brewing this tea using the gong fu cha method, by filling a gaiwan about 30% full of dry tea leaves and infusing with water just off the boil for only 15-20 seconds to yield numerous brief infusions from a single serving of tea leaves.

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 Mary Ann on April 6, 2017
Annandale, VA United States
I love the notes in this. I was very impressed the first time I tried it and have repurchased. I only repurchase when I really enjoy a tea.

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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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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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