Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium)

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

Picture of Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium)
Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Nantou, Taiwan
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 5, 2018

Commercial Description

...Hong Yue, is the premier black tea cultivar in Taiwan and renders a very unique character if processed with skill...a distinctive aroma of clove, wintergreen, camphor, red date, raisin and cinnamon. Ruby Black brews a very assertive, strong flavored cup with a deep red infusion color...

Ratings & Reviews

Page 1 of 1 page with 2 reviews

Link Link to This Review
Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(1402 reviews) on

I also found, like Synth, that this tea has a cooling quality. The aroma is malty up front, but it has a strong wintergreen quality to the aroma. Aroma is complex and hard to describe.

Very enjoyable and also rather interesting and different. I'm not sure I'd describe this as one of my favorite black teas, however. Perhaps it would grow on me if I tried it multiple times though...I was unfortunately only able to sample it once.

Still, I failed to get excited enough about this tea to justify its price.
Add a Comment


Link Link to This Review
Reviewer pic100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
(31 reviews) on

this is the first hong yue / ruby black i've tried.

when i sip it, i primarily get a smooth, somewhat malty taste. the aroma is sweet, but there's also something else.. something cooling. i guess it's like aromatic, volatile terpene/camphor/evergreen/eucalyptus type of a smell&feeling.

it's certainly complex, and many of the notes disappear as i sip. if i set the cup down for a moment and then try it again, the nuances return.

the terpene/camphor aroma is especially strong coming off of the steeped leaves.

i really love this tea. it was $11 for 50g, and i think rishi sold out of it within a month or so of offering it.

i've been brewing it with 200degF water, and it's been good for several infusions.

i've seen a few other sources for this type of tea, and many of them seem to be considerably more expensive than this offering was. hrm.
Add a Comment

Page 1 of 1 page with 2 reviews

External Reviews

Our editorial team has selected the following reviews from other websites:

More Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis) from Nantou, Taiwan from Rishi Tea

No image of this tea

China Breakfast

Style:Yunnan Red
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
50
3 Ratings
Picture of Ancient Golden Yunnan

Ancient Golden Yunnan

Style:Yunnan Gold
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
46
3 Ratings
No image of this tea

Golden Assam

Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
No image of this tea

Jade Oolong (Four Seasons Spring)

Style:Four Seasons Oolong
Region:Nantou, Taiwan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings

Browse All Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis) from Nantou, Taiwan from Rishi Tea

FacebookTwitterInstagramTumblrPinterestGoogle+Patreon