Red Jade Tea Quick Summary
A tasty pick of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake black tea (also known as Experimental #18). Mint and cinnamon predominate, making this a pretty aggressive tea. The plant used to make this tea is a hybrid of Assam and a wild Taiwanese tea bush, so treat it as you would a strong Assam during the brewing process.
Eco-Cha Red Jade Tea Review
Name: Red Jade Tea
Form: Loose leaf
Price: $12 for 25 grams (October 2013), quantity discounts available
Review: The Sun Moon Lake black tea has attracted a lot of attention over the years. It’s leaves are long, its flavors intense. I’ve tried different grades of this tea and always manage to enjoy it, even if it reminds more of oolong than black tea. It’s flavor is akin to that of an Assam with a dusting of cinnamon and wintergreen. In fact, Eco-Cha’s version has a stronger wintergreen note than other versions that I’ve tried, so if you like mint, give this tea a try.
One word of warning: Please read the preparation tips below and be cautious when preparing this tea. Its flavors are intense and can quickly get bitter. If brewed properly, however, this makes a wonderful cup for a chilly fall afternoon.
Preparation Tips: While this tea may have many oolong-ish characteristics, I would suggest preparing it as you would an Assam. Use about 3 grams of leaf per 8 ounces of water (the leaves are too large for teaspoon measurement, so you’ll need to weigh them), brew for 3-5 minutes. Second and even third steeps are quite possible.
Serving Tips: I’d recommend drinking Eco-Cha’s Red Jade Tea on its own with no milk or sweetener. I’d advise against it as a breakfast tea, but I did try it with several Asian-style cold tofu salads and loved it.
Disclosures: I received a free sample of this tea. This post may contain affiliate links inserted by VigLink.