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Unique, elegant white tea made from a the Ruby cultivar commonly used in black teas.
Notes of cherry, fresh leaf, delicate mint.
Taiwan is not particularly known for producing white teas, so I was very surprised to find this one. Taiwan tea producers are master innovators, and this tea is a testament to that. One of the most famous black tea cultivars in Taiwan is Ruby #18. In black tea form, this tea is very assertive and rich, with strong notes of mint and vine. As a white tea, it is much more subdued, and elegant. I enjoy both, but this white tea is a gem.
I've found that I can brew this tea in many ways. If I brew it lightly, it comes out like a more traditional white, but with the earthy notes of Ruby #18. If I brew it longer, it comes out more like a black tea. Incredible.
Brewing: This tea can handle longer infusions and high heat. 200ml 195'F water with 5g of tea for 2 minutes for the first infusion. I encourage you to experiment with this one.
This tea ships as a 100g (3.5oz) sealed bag.