Garden: Victoria’s Peak
Infusion Suggestion: 195 degrees, 3min
Certifications: USDA Organic
Caffeine Level: Medium
Tasting Notes: Rosewater, Dark Chocolate and Cherries
Ruby Oolong: A rare red oolong from Darjeeling, this velvety and rich amber tea tastes of dark chocolate and cherries.
Taste: Just put several of the tenderly rolled oolongs into your hand and you’ll begin to taste the decadence of this unique tea. Processed in a traditional Taiwanese method- this soft dark pearls brew into a rich and aromatic cup that weaves a rosewater taste (consistent with the floral qualities of Darjeeling teas) among threads of dark cocoa and cherries.
Production: Oolong teas are distinguished from other teas by their processing style. During the rolling stage, oolongs are compressed into tight balls, left to unfurl, and then rolled once again. This process repeats itself until the desired taste is reached. The Chirimar family that makes the Ruby Oolong dedicated a portion of their garden to the highest quality of production in order to create this one-of-a-kind tea.
Region: Running along Nepal’s Eastern Border, the mountainous area of Darjeeling is a confluence of cultures - home to Tibetans, Nepalese and Indians alike. The name “Darjeeling” translates into “Land of the Rolling Thunder” in Tibetan. Under colonialism, the mild mountain temperatures made Darjeeling a perfect retreat for British soldiers, with stunning views of Kangchenjunga from the hillsides, the world’s third highest peak.
Darjeeling’s high elevation means the tea leaves are smaller and slower to grow. Therefore, producers in the area focused on defining the region by quality, and have built a tea tradition that fetches some of the highest prices in the world.
Growers: The Chirimar family has worked in tea over the years – both as tea tasters, brokers and garden owners. They have dedicated themselves to bring the quality and craftsmanship of Darjeeling teas to the highest level.
Impact: Through expanding the taste and quality of Indian teas, new teas like Ruby Oolong set the stage for more experimentation among growers and challenge the uniform tastes that have dominated Darjeeling production since its inception.
I received a sample of the Organic Ruby Oolong a while back and immediately it became my favorite tea. I have ordered it a few times since and every time it is just as lovely. Your consistent quality is one reason I love your company.
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