Shen Zen Tea
Origin: Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake
Product Description: Ruby 18 is a rare tea to be found in the US but a classic black tea in Taiwan. Known for its extra dark leathery taste, Ruby 18 infuses a strong and complex flavor profile with a smooth finish of dark fruits such as raisins and prunes.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes
The dry leaves have an aroma of seasoned wood, pepper, and honey.
The infusion is red amber with an aroma of cloves, prunes, and honey . The taste is dark and rich with notes of cloves, prunes, and a hint of leather.
There's an unexpected spiciness to this tea that I associate with cloves and the leathery notes are mild and intriguing. A second and third infusion produced flavorful results while developing a dryer finish.