I normally enjoy a good organic malty Assam tea. When this one cools down a bit, there are floral notes similar to scented geranium that make it appealing. The wild cultivar tea does not taste as interesting to me as it does to Brian, at least not today, and that’s all right as we all taste different things. I suspect that it was included in the blending to ensure something that would grow well in Taiwan. But the tea that comes out of the combination veers quite a bit from the original flavors giving a pronounced wintergreen taste especially with subsequent steepings. Ruby #18 is one of my favorites, so it was with great delight that I was able to sample the parts and the finished product together. Thank you so much.
I found the Sun Moon Ruby 18 tea to be one of the best black teas I've ever tried. Furthermore, the breeding information and samples of the parent cultivars of SMR18 to be interesting and tasty respectively. Well done.
I thought red teas were not for me and bought the taster set out of playfulness. My curiosity got rewarded! Ruby 18 is so good. Malty and fresh. I usually dislike the licorice flavor but there it is subtle. I love the fresh sensation that remains in the mouth, the sign of a tea of very high quality. Well done MSTs!
It's so cool to be able to get to know the parents of Ruby 18 cultivar, to discover the tastes of "mother" and "father" and to compare them to the amazing creation of the Ruby 18. The 3 teas coming from the same place?! It's so rare and cool. I would like such a set for all tea cultivars there is. :D
Interesting to compare the two different terroirs for the two different Ruby 18 teas too. I won't say more to not spoil it.
Such an interesting tea, having the 2 parent varietals included to preface the first sip of Ruby18 was a wonderful experience.