2018 Ruan Zhi Black Tea, gr. A

Origin: Thailand
Harvest: Spring 2018
Cultivar: Ruan Zhi (TRES #17)
Availability: In Stock
$11.00
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Black tea from Ruan Zhi Oolong leaves.

Tea captivates with its freshness and softness. It is very carefully oxidized and roasted, so it is brewed into an infusion of oolong amber color. Has an oily flowery taste, with cherry tones. Without acidity or astringency. You can brew it for as long as you want or even boil it - the taste will become denser, but excessive astringency will not appear.

Reviews (1)

This is in line with what I expected, both on sight and smell. I anticipated something close to, say, a Taiwanese black tea (like Ruby 18), and that’s what it mimicked. The leaves are long, full, plump, dark red-to-brown, and gave off a scent of menthol and sweet butter. In all but one measure, it resembled an Ali Shan strip-style black tea I favored.

The liquor colored dark amber, but far softer than most Taiwanese inspired black teas I’ve come across. I think the lighter brew color had something to do with the fact that whole leaf material was used. Nothing appeared broken up. The aroma was also not very black tea-like. I didn’t detect malt, wood, or any of the other usual suspects.
On the flavor front, both the intro and top note didn’t give off much nuance, other than one word that appeared in my mind: “smooooooth”. Yes, with all the extra “O”-s. The aftertaste and huigan was where the true identity of this black tea came through. Sweetness and custard-like creaminess remained long after the sip.

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