This is one of those teas, like Darjeeling and Big Red Robe, that almost need their own classification.
They are simply marked as a certain type due to how they are processed but their elegant flavors deserve something more.
The best flavors, in my opinion come out when it is brewed at a lower temperature. Luke warm is the best. Sweet sensations of spices like clove and earthiness like wet wood.
The wet leaves have an amazing sweet aroma.
Some would say camphor and I would agree.
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 tree Camellia formosensis with a Burmese Assam (C. sinensisvar. 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.
Cold brewing this tea produces an excellent, complex brew that is irresistible.