Item: T-18 Hong Yu Taiwan Nantou Ruby #18 (Red Jade)Gaba Black Tea
Cultivar: TTES #18
100g +/- 5% (3.53 oz) loose leaves in a vacuum-sealed bag
Hong Yu Hong Cha, Sun Moon Lake black tea (well-known as Ruby #18 or Red Jade) can be declared "Red Treasure" in central Taiwan. A hybrid from a Burma Assam varietal (mother) and a Taiwanese wild Camellia Sinensis varietal (father), was researched for years by TRES developing as a unique new cultivar producing carmine and perfectly clear liquor with super high quality and super famous to the world. The tea trees are widely planted in Nantou County growing thick and rich tea leaves due to the fertile soil and moderate climate in central Taiwan.
Other than the standard black tea processing, Gaba tea processing produces the unique Gaba Black tea flavor which makes you, GABA black tea lovers, fall in love with its smoothness and balance. Its unique sweet malt aroma and cinnamon and mint flavor, delicious with hints of fruit, and layers of aftertastes make it truly unforgettable. It tastes quite distinct from the classical Ruby #18 Black Tea.
The water to steep this tea is about 80-99 degrees Celsius depending on an individual's preference. Use the ratio of 1g to 50cc (or 1g to 25cc), the first infusion time of about 3 (or 1) minutes is recommended with more or less time depending on the desired concentration. As a rough guide, the higher the temperature of the water or the greater the number of leaves used, the shorter the steeping time should be. The tea leaves should be uncurled for full flavor.