Review: Ruaysui Sky Crane Honey Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"The flavor is well-varied, offering nuances of fruit, honey, and biscuits."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9/10
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This tea is produced in Taiwan, which is most well-known for its oolong tea. Because I love Taiwan oolong teas, I was excited to try a Taiwan black tea. The leaves are large and loosely rolled, looking like a hybrid of an oolong and some black teas. There is a nice fruity aroma coming off the dried leaves. I used a heaping teaspoon of leaves per cup of tea and infused for three minutes in boiling water. After my first cup, I realized that this black tea is nothing like the traditional black teas that are used for breakfast blends or to which you would consider adding milk and sugar. This is a lighter-bodied and more refreshing black tea whose flavor does, as the name suggests, have a honey element to it. The flavor is well-varied, offering nuances of fruit, honey, and biscuits. I was able to re-steep the leaves to get a second cup that was perhaps a little bit lighter in body but still just as flavorful. As I was savoring this tea, I perused the website on this product to learn more about it. At the very bottom of the lengthy information page, there is a paragraph that explains that the honey flavor is imparted to this tea courtesy of leafhopper insects biting (and salivating) on the leaves. Well, I have to admit that after reading that, I wasn't sure if I still loved this tea, or if I was disgusted, but then hey, we eat other insect-produced items like honey, so I got over my initial reaction and went back to enjoying this tea. This is an ideal black tea for an afternoon brew. I can also see this being one for which you would brew a huge pot and enjoy all day. It is sweet and very enjoyable, without leaving any flat or heavy mouth feel. This is a unique black tea and one I would highly recommend.

— 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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