CONTENTS: 12 grams (LIMITED!)
Ruby 18 is a big-leaf cultivar introduced to the Taiwan market in 1999. It is a hybrid of Taiwan's Shan and Burmese subvarieties. Its success revived black tea production in the scenic Sun Moon Lake region. The success of Ruby 18 was a major catalyst for Taiwan's recent black tea boom, leading to the creation of many new black teas.
Ruby 18 is minty, with a spicy aroma reminiscent of cinnamon. It has a full and smooth mouthfeel. It has a well-balanced bitterness and astringency, and its malty bold end notes are reminiscent of good Assam teas. This sampler set includes Ruby 18 from two sources, allowing a comparison to better understand this tea's unique flavor.
(1) By YuChi Township Cooperative [6grams/2 servings] This local cooperative has been instrumental in promoting Ruby 18. As a result, their version is the best known and considered by many as the "classic" or defining flavor of Ruby 18. A great starting place to learn about Ruby 18.
(2) By Tea Master Mr. Du [6grams/2 servings] You will notice Mr. Du's tea-making skills when you try this tea. The characteristic flavor profile of Ruby 18 shines through in a clean, distinctive manner. The brewed tea is sweet, soft, and very well-balanced. Unlike most black teas, this Ruby 18 has been slightly roasted.
Note: Each serving consists of 3 grams brewed with 150ml (~3/4 cup) hot water at 1:50 (g/ml) ratio. Brew at 208~212oF.