Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This is a rather robust tea, on par with an Assam tea but not quite as malty. It does have a respectable malty flavor, and some earthy and smoky notes as well."|
This tea is my first exposure to Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company which, as the name suggests, offers teas directly from Taiwan. They have green, oolong,and black teas available. I chose the Ruby Red because despite loving all types of tea, I have to say that black is my favorite, and I enjoy trying black teas from a variety of regions. This tea is grown near Sun Moon Lake, which is described as a "pristine alpine lake in Central Taiwan". The leaves are very light in weight, of a fairly long length, and are rather voluminous compared to other black teas. A teaspoon of this tea doesn't give you but a few leaves because of the shape and voluminous nature of these leaves. I used my usual three minute steep time in boiling water to prepare this black tea, although I did use closer to 2 teaspoon of leaves per cup to compensate for the airy nature of the leaves. I usually associate Taiwan with oolong teas, so simply by that association, I was expecting a light-bodied black tea. As it turns out, this is a rather robust tea, on par with an Assam tea but not quite as malty. It does have a respectable malty flavor, and some earthy and smoky notes as well. It is a very good breakfast tea. I drank this tea without adding milk or sugar, but I really think this tea would have benefited from the addition of one or both, as it is pretty sturdy and at times I even found it to be a little harsh. I had discarded my leaves after brewing but later when I was browsing the Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company webpage,I was surprised to see that they recommend using these leaves for six or seven infusions. That seems like quite a few re-uses for even a tea like an oolong that is known to be able to be re-steeped. For me, black teas are a one-time steep, so I was really not expecting to see that I could re-infuse this tea so many times. I did scroll through the company's other offerings and it appears that they put some variation of that statement on every product, so I am not sure how much this would hold true for their black tea. Overall, I found this to be a good breakfast tea and a reasonable substitute for a more common black tea such as an Assam, although I didn't find it to have quite as much depth and flavor as other black teas.
— To purchase Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company Ruby Red 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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