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"The flavor reminded me strongly of extremely high-end European soft dark caramels: gently but deeply sweet and with rich woody notes, smooth and with a tiny hint of stone fruit." - Tea industry lecturer
Along with our Formosa Assam, this high quality black tea is grown, hand-picked and roasted on the farm of Mrs. Lee and her husband above scenic Sun-Moon Lake in the Central Highlands of Taiwan. I lucked into finding them when I first started BTTC in 2011. I've been back many times since and I'm convinced they make some of the best Red Jade out there.
Red Jade is in a class of its own and must be approached on what it brings to the table. Think of it as a fine dark Taiwanese Oolong. It's lighter in body and not as malty as Fomosa Assam but sweeter, more delicate and with a cleaner finish. Farmer Lee's Red Jade is a real pleasure and I'm sure you'll come back to it again and again.
However, if you are looking for a bold breakfast black, we recommend Formosa Assam or Burmese Black.
Cultivar: Red Jade No. 18
Location: Sun-Moon Lake
Harvest: Summer 2020
Brewing: One teaspoon to 8oz. 195 deg. water for 4 minutes.