Ruby 18 is a wonderfully popular tea from Taiwan, smooth and complex it has a delightfully sweet after-taste. Named after the leaf Cultivar from which it is grown, Ruby No. 18 was developed by Taiwan’s Tea Research Extension Station. The tea has a bold red liquor and 90% oxidation, so is it a black tea? Ruby 18 is in some ways neither a black tea nor an oolong. The leaves are bruised in a bamboo drum much like a traditional oolong, but the oxidation is higher, closer to a black tea, and noticeably higher than a Darjeeling 1st Flush which is usually considered a black tea. We have chosen to label Ruby 18 as a black, as we think it will become a new favourite amongst our black tea drinkers, particularly those that enjoyed our Georgian Old Lady! Expect layers of caramel, dark honey, stone fruits and a menthol undertone. We recommend brewing at 95°C for 3 minutes, and the leaves should be good for a second infusion!
"Fantastic leaf quality here. The infusion has a really appealing character - juicy, moreish, sweet - almost honeyed. A tea in gorgeous balance." - Great Taste Awards 2019 (2 Stars)
Ingredients || Luxury Black Tea
Warning, packed in an environment that contains nuts
Caffeine || Yes
Tasting Notes || Layers of caramel, dark honey, stone fruits and a menthol undertone
Brewing Notes || 2 teaspoon per cup, 95ºC, brew for 3 minutes.