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.