This is the tea, that made my formerly gongfu-sceptic partner understand, why I drink my tea the way I do and become excited whehever I ask him if he wants to join my session. And I must say, he has good taste, this tea is inded one of the finest black teas I have ever tried. Very rich and unique flavour profile, without being heavy or too astringent (brewed Gongfu style). We found this tea to be deliciously malty, with subtle honey and fruit aromas joining in the second and third infusion. in our fifth infusion, we tasted some very subtle minty notes. In total, 5g for 100ml lasted us for 6 infusions, however, I think that we could have gotten away with 8, had I not messd up the 4th (my joy and excitement over finally being able to share something that I love with someone I love were rather distracting). Upon using up my sample, I ordered a larger quantity and this tea got its own tin, which not many teas do in this household :) Definitely a new staple that is enjoyed frequently and a great pick-me-up for troubled days.
Earth and grounding at the bottom, red ripeness in the middle, cool air at the top.
This is not a tea I’d drink for deliciousness, but more to study. It seems to have a medicinal, shape shifting quality that cured my upset digestion and eased my cares of the day.
What an interesting tea. The variety is so unique but more importantly this harvest is primo. Fresh, clean, and delicious. I was introduced to the cultivar from another great supplier. When I saw Matt was offering I swooped it because I liked it and this was way way way better in material quality and flavor. Thank you Matt for making it possible for me to enjoy.
I'm not typically a black tea drinker. I usually stick to oolongs, but I had to try some of this Ruby 18. It did not disappoint! It is indeed complex with red fruit and hints of mint/cinnamon. Not a lot of tannins up front, but some nice astringency on the sides of the tongue in the aftertaste.
No headache a Ruby 18 cant cure. Ok, maybe just for my caffeine headache. The cup is instant cure and smooth, sweet, a little kick bt not too much. A tangerine sour after taste.