Today is one of those days where a good cup of tea is needed for the soul. It has been a crazy few months and I haven’t been able to spend as much time on my gorgeous tea stash. Today I was determined to give some love and enjoy a few tea blends while checking off a few odds and ends around the house.
Ruby 18 from American Gongfu stood out to me as being the first one I needed to dive in. I have been a fan of American Gongfu’s gorgeous tea ware and was excited to check out their tea offerings. This particular offering boasts a taste profile of gingerbread. What better compliment to a snowy winter day!
I traditionally western brew all my tea and that is how I approached this tea. Brewed up with water at 195F and allowed to brew for three minutes, this tea is a showstopper that grabbed my heart at the very first sip.
Right off the bat you are greeted with these brilliant gingerbread like notes. The description hits that note perfectly. Towards the middle of the sip you get this slight earthy feel that isn’t overwhelming but compliments that sweet start. At the end, there is a solid malty tone that wraps the sip up nicely without any astringency.
American Gongfu does teaware and tea right. From previous experiences, I knew that they offered amazing high quality tea ware to compliment anyone’s tea needs. But now that I’ve tried this variety, I know that take that same care and passion to their tea offerings.
Highly recommend this marvelous tea! Can’t wait to try this as a cold brew tea. I think that is on the list for tomorrow!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: American Gongfu
This instant crowd favorite has an interesting pedigree. Ruby #18 – also know as Red Jade – is the name of a cultivar developed in Taiwan by pairing a wildTaiwanese tea treeCamellia formosensis with a Burmese Assam (C. sinensis var. assamica.). The best crafted Ruby 18 leaf usually comes from Nantou’s Sun Moon Lake region.
Brewed lightly or at lower temperature, the tea exhibits an aromatic sweetness with hints of gingerbread and other spice flavors. Brewed deeply or at high heat, yields a strong spicy tea, with notes of camphor, allspice, and deep woodiness.
A little goes a long way with this leaf, making it economical as well as delicious. We recommend a lighter brew if you’re new to this tea.