Mingjian Organic #18 "Ruby Lion" Black Tea - Winter 2019Taiwan Sourcing
"Red Lion" is one of our very popular teas. This plantation from Mingjian has proved us its unique character that is not any inferior to the famous Yuchi site. We would like to try a new approach to process this material by using Mr. Zhuang's material, and he agreed.
We adopted the same technique we used in processing oolong by carefully supervising the fermentation transformation inside the material. Despite taking more effort than usual, this turned out to be something quite different from "Red Lion" as expected. This tea deserved a special spot in our black tea collection.
MingJian is a place that never cease to surprise us. We hope this Taiwan Sourcing style Ruby black tea "Ruby Lion" will be another meaningful tea to store and age in your black tea collection. From "Red Lion" to "Ruby Lion," we know Taiwanese tea lovers can certainly feel that transformation not just in their mouth, but the whole body as well.
Current Status: When we tried it in the May of 2023, it taste really like Dianhong black tea froim Yunnan. Very delicious!
Harvest Season: Winter 2019 / 冬 貳零壹玖
Varietal: #18 Ruby / 紅玉 拾捌號
Elevation: 400 M / 肆佰 公尺
Region: Mingjian / 名間
Fermentation Level: 85 % / 分之 捌拾伍
Roast Level: 0 / 無
Water is boiling!
Powerful minty aroma that is thick and juicy. It's funny, but it kinda tastes like spearmint lifesavers. In a totally good way. This tea inspires me to think of a time when humanity could focus on bringing out the unique flavors in nature through foods, as opposed to creating synthetic candies. I brewed 6 grams for 5 rounds with water temp around 195. It had a beautiful full body with good spring water. To me it has a medium potency for black tea...Enough to get you going but not send you flying.
An old dog always thinks Mingjian is a sacred place that was given by some sort of tea God. We Taiwanese can really cultivate some truly wonderful tea material here with some amazingly wonderful people such as Mr. Zhuang. This "Ruby Lion" is another of our work an old dog thinks is totally worth one's wallet and time. By time an old dog not only means the time enjoying this tea, but also the time for it to age year after year.