Review: American Tea Room Ruby Black

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Thumbs up!"Ruby Red is a black tea that comes from Taiwan which is famous for their oolongs. It is a hybrid of native Myanmar and imported Assam trees planted by Japanese growers in the 1920's which were rediscovered after an earthquake in 1999."
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americanrubyblackI have always loved teas however if someone even a couple years ago had asked if one plant could produce a product of so many varied aromas and tastes, well I would have thought that they were insane. Since I joined TeaViews and had had the opportunity to try so many fine teas, my opinion has drastically changed. I would recommend to anyone that is new on their tea journey to purchase many samples from a reputable vendor such as American Tea Room and wallow in the various scents and flavors of the unflavored tea leaves. It really is an eye opener.

Now speaking of American Tea Room, when I placed an order with them, they were kind enough to include some samples. One of these is the subject of this review. Ruby Red is a black tea that comes from Taiwan which is famous for their oolongs. It is a hybrid of native Myanmar and imported Assam trees planted by Japanese growers in the 1920's which were rediscovered after an earthquake in 1999.

Ruby Black is a beautiful black tea with huge leaves some of which are upwards of three inches. They are quite thin and black in color. The aroma is minty and floral. I find it a comforting scent that reminds me of curling up in my favorite bathrobe in the winter.

I set up my tea maker with two tablespoons (since the leaves are so large) of leaves, a temp of 210 and a steep time of two minutes. The resulting liquor is a light golden brown, not much darker than one would find with an oolong. There isn’t a strong aroma when brewed, just a hint of mint.

The flavor is very bright and light with no astringency to be found. It is slightly malty and naturally sweet with just a hint of cinnamon and flowers. The lingering aftertaste is one of the freshness of mint with just a dab of the mint flavor. As the tea cools down, I am reminded more and more of an oolong with the maltiness fading away and the floral attributes coming to the fore.

I don’t normally resteep a black tea. In this case though, I am glad that I did. The flavors held true however I am reminded more that Ruby Black really is a black tea. Another winner from American Tea Room! I highly recommend it to both black and oolong lovers. If nothing else, put this one your sample list to try out.

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