Red Jade, Taiwan TTES#18 black tea

Red Jade, Taiwan TTES#18 black tea

(2 customer reviews)

USD 24.80

Fragrance of Taiwan:

Deep in the mountains away from the tourist infested Sun Moon Lake, small tea bushes tidily populate small patches of land between tall pines, wild trees and steep slopes. A cross between Burma and a native wild tea, this Hong Yu cultivar, born right here in Yu Chi in 1999, shines with a vibrant deep green. It dominates the ambience with a smell that is both fresh and spicy. Farmers here still process black tea in small batches in the old fashioned way, though with the aid of a few new technologies for monitoring. Red Jade — the Fragrance of Taiwan — has to be so processed to that distinctive floral yet spicy aroma, minty and complex taste on a smooth body to be worthy of name.

Taichi classInfusion colour: wolfberryTCM: Neutral-warm EnergyTea Master's Choice

Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack

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特級 臺⃝灣⃝香⃝ 魚池紅玉

Taste profile

Deep aroma of fragrant wood accented with a distinctive, spicy yet round, minty note and hints of cinnamon, pepper, bouquet and sweet prunes. Malty, smooth body characterised with the same mint persistence that is like a blend of anise seed, rosemary, cinnamon and peppermint. Undertones of sandalwood and other aromatic woods. A forthcoming bitterness gives depth and holds the unique taste profile well as a whole. Malty, refreshing aftertaste with sweetness at the throat.

Infusion tips

You can taste some of the taste profile description when this tea is prepared using quick and short infusion techniques. However, the full profile is revealed only when steeping the leaves for a full five minutes at 95°C. Adjust the leaf to water ratio for strength, raise the temperature slightly for more intense aroma, if that is not impactful enough already. For small vessels ( below 180 ml ), the ratio is 2g to 100 ml. When using larger vessels, 1g to 100 ml or lower. Increase infusion time for strength. As always with green and black teas, maintain a one batch, one infusion policy when infusing each round for 5 minutes or more.

Additional information

Weight 160 g
Dimensions 18 × 9 × 5 cm

Infusion color:



  1. Brief (few seconds) steeps in 90 Celsius water.
    Liquor is of a clear deep caramel in tone.
    Taste is smooth, earthy/woody spiced sugary sweet, with a minty finish.
    It has a long brown sugar sweet aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.
    No tartness nor bitterness.
    Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry and sticky, encouraging salivation.
    If you let it cool down a bit, you’ll get a more pronounced earthy sweetness with a hint of astringency.
    Wet leaves are an even dark brown in colouring and large in size, giving off a minty spiced sugar aroma.
    This tea withstands many steeps.
    I think this would make a great iced tea.

    • Again, glad you have enjoyed this tea. It is indeed one of my favourite black teas and not too many people have even heard about it. For your high sensitivity in taste, if you venture into the arena of a longer steep you will find even more wonders in this gem of Taiwan.

  2. Smooth and minty

    This is a wonderful Ruby 18. It is very smooth, with a strong minty taste. Just what I was hoping for. High quality stuff.

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