Review: Ruaysui Sky Crane Honey Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"Sweet, mellow and complex. Doesn't taste a thing like insect saliva!"
CJ’s Teaview: 10/10
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This Honey Black tea looked and smelled dark, astringent, and potent while it brewed.  All my senses told me to prepare me for a hearty, steaming, frothing cup of BLACK tea.    What I got, though, was only a subtly malty mouthful, followed by essences of honeysuckle, honey, vanilla...and something I couldn't quite name.  It must have been the insect saliva!

Yes, you read that right.  This tea is grown to attract leafhoppers.  These  insects in the cicada family feed on tea leaf sap.  With each bite, they inject just the right amount of their saliva the plant.  The munched leaves wither a bit, but  survive long enough to be picked and roasted. The saliva, according to T-Oolong's website, increases the sweetness of the tea. (Several of the teas sold by T-Oolong have this added "ingredient.")

Following T-Oolong's instructions, I steeped a a heaping teaspoon of the leaves per cup in boiling water for five minutes.  Never have I experienced a mellow, mild, tea that was so complex and so easy to prepare.

What's more, this Taiwan-grown tea is organic, and it brewed up a second and third pot as tasty as the first.   I'm sold.  Any tea with so many good qualities deserves high marks.  I rate it a 10.

— To purchase Ruaysui Sky Crane Honey Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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