Hong Yu "Ruby" #18
Garden Direct Black Tea
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Hong Yu "Ruby" #18

Originally developed by cross breeding an indigenous Taiwanese wild tea variety with a Burmese Camellia Irrawadiensis broad leaf tea tree, this year’s Ruby 18 is invigorating with a strong tea qi and long-lived energy.


10+ Servings

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Effusive notes of wintergreen balanced with fresh spices and sweetness of red dates and brown sugar

About this tea

This cultivar grown in Nantou, Taiwan’s Mingjian Village is a supremely special breed of tea known as Hong Yu “Ruby” #18. It was originally developed by cross breeding an indigenous Taiwanese wild tea variety (Ye Shan Cha) with a very strong type of Burmese Camellia Irrawadiensis broad leaf tea tree. It is especially well suited for producing Gong Fu Red Tea with heavy strength, rich tea soup and complex aromatics of fruits and spices. The name Ruby 18 refers to the brilliance of this teas bold and ruby red infusion color and the number by which Ruby was officially catalogued in the Taiwan cultivar in 1999 as the 18th registered national cultivar. The feature of vacuum fermentation provides effusive notes of wintergreen balanced with fresh spices and sweetness of red dates and brown sugar. This year’s Ruby 18 is invigorating with a strong tea qi and long-lived energy.

Ingredients

Black tea

Origin

Mingjian Village, Nantou, Taiwan

Cultivar

TTES Hong Yu 18 “Ruby" 18

Harvest

May - June 2023

Elevation

500 meters

Preparation
  • Imperial
  • Metric
Traditional Tea Preparation

Add 4g to a Gaiwan or Gongfu teapot (per 150ml-200ml).

Use 212°F water.

Do not rinse this tea.

Infuse the 1st brew for 2 - 3 minutes.

Repeat several times until the flavor and aroma of the tea dissipates. As the brewing session ensues, increase the infusion time to coax out the body and strength of the final infusions.

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Origin

Mingjian Village

Nantou County, Taiwan

Around the world, Taiwan is well-known as a country that produces highly specialized teas. The Mingjian Village is situated in the central highlands of Nantou, Taiwan and the gardens here are incredible. Jui Lung focuses on the importance of allowing nature to nurture the grounds. This can be seen in one of the small Wu-Yi gardens, which has Hong Yu 18 trees on the borders, culinary herbs between the tea bush rows and plenty of nitrogen fixing “weeds” to maintain healthy and living soils all surrounding the tea bushes.

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