|"I had to take several sips before I was able to believe my taste buds. This tea, while deliciously malty and sweet, had zero astringency. It was amazingly smooth."|
I prepared my cup by following the instructions printed on the bag. ATR recommends one teaspoon in 200-degree water with a two minute steep. Due to the size of the leaves, I gave up the idea of using my tea scoop and tried my best to estimate the amount by picking the leaves with fingers directly from the bag.
Two minutes later, a semi-transparent amber cup was waiting, a little lighter in color than I had imagined. As the steam danced and twirled, I hovered over the cup and rich, malty notes rose to greet me. I had to take several sips before I was able to believe my taste buds. This tea, while deliciously malty and sweet, had zero astringency. It was amazingly smooth. After each taste, I patiently waited, expecting just a tiny hint of astringency but none was to be found. Instead, I noticed a slight minty sensation on the back of my tongue that lingered briefly. The tea is also touched with a lovely and natural honey-like sweetness. Both factors combined to create a delicious, unique, and easy drinking black tea. Ruby Black is like nothing I have ever sampled before and I highly recommend giving it a try. A two-ounce bag goes for $29.25, but if that is outside of your budget, a sample bag will give you four servings for $8.00. Regardless of the size you go with, this tea is delicious and worth every penny.
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