The garden where I found the best Ruby black tea I have ever had was also one of the most beautiful gardens I visited during my autumn trip to Taiwan. First impression when you entering the garden is the sound – pleasant noise made by flies, insects and birds hiding in the trees nearby. Organic garden is like a natural habitat – where spiders, snakes, bugs and other can live safely without the risk of killing by pesticide or herbicide spraying. The tea trees look natural – with spider’s nets between the branches, bug bitten leaves and life spreading everywhere around. This garden, located near Yuchi, cultivates three tea cultivars: native Shan Cha, Assam#8 and finally Ruby #18 (called also Red Jade or
Hong Yu). Taiwan Tea Experimental Station spent over 50 years perfecting the breeding program in order to release this cultivar in 2003.

This is a unique cultivar created from an existing Taiwan native cultivar crossed with an Assam cultivar from Burma. The main feature of well made Ruby black tea is the flavour – with strong menthol and camphor and olibanum notes mixed with vibrant tannic mouthfeel and long, cooling aftertaste.

The Ruby you hold in the hand is a masterpiece – It won the main prize during one of the 2019 national competitions. And it was awarded in 2020 too…

Please use boiling water and a little bit less leaves than you usually use (recommended 4,5g/100ml).



Origin: 800 m. above sea level,  Yuchi Township, Nantou county, Taiwan,

Harvest: Summer 2021

Cultivar/Tree Variety:  Red Jade / Ruby 18 / TTES. 18 / Hong Yu /

Temperature of water and amount of leaves: 100 C 4-5g/100ml.

Suggested brewing method: Yixing clay teapot or gaiwan of low capacity. First, you should pre-heat empty teapot/gaiwan and tea cups with boiling water. When the teapot is warmed, then you put the tea leaves in. After smelling hot and dry leaves in the pot, gently pour the boiling water to the pot.  First infusion should be very short- not more than 10-15 second. We suggest to increase brewing time for 5-10 seconds in each next brewing.

We recommend to brew this tea also in the bowl-style- then please use around 1,5g of leaves for 100ml of water.

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