Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea
Our Ruby 18 Brandy Oolong is from the Fu Yuan Tea Garden in Taoyuan County, in Northwestern Taiwan. This tea has a rich and strong, malty flavour.
Western method of brewing Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea
Amount of tea per serving (200 ml): 5g (1 tea caddy spoon / 2 teaspoons)
Temperature of water: 100℃ / 212℉
Infusion time: 3 minutes (or as desired). Then 1 - 2 minutes.
Number of infusions: 4
How to enjoy: Best with no milk, no sugar
Traditional Gong Fu method of brewing Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea
Amount of tea per pot: Fill 1/5 - 1/3 full of tea leaves
Temperature of water: 90℃ / 194℉ (boil kettle, cool for 20 seconds)
Infusion time: Firstly fill vessel to the brim and immediately discard water. Then infuse for 45 seconds - 1 minute (or as desired). Then 30 seconds for each further infusion.
Number of infusions: 5
How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar
In more depth...
Provenance: Fu Yuan Tea Garden, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea Grade: Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea is made from the Ruby 18 cultivar (hence the name) and is heavily oxidised. The classification as a Brandy Oolong is due to the dark colour of its liquor, a result of this oxidation. The dry leaf is in the form of twisted strips.
Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea Origin: The Fu Yuan Tea Garden is around 250m (820ft) above sea level and although not mountainous has sufficient inclination to mean that conditions are right for the growing of tea. Temperatures are high, but rainfall is sufficient. Tea has been grown in this area for over two hundred years, having been introduced soon after tea was first brought to Taiwan.
Ruby Brandy Oolong Tea Flavour: The tea makes a dark burgundy, brandy coloured liquor. The aroma is strong and sweet, with a maltiness that also comes out strongly in the taste. This tea has the familiarity of a black tea but with none of the astringency. Over the multiple infusions that are possible the complexity of the flavours appear and the lingering aftertaste becomes more apparent.
Ruby 18 Brandy Oolong Tea is a great to for those venturing away from black teas for the first time and also has the complex nature to interest more established drinkers.