Taiwan is certainly known for their exquisite oolong teas. Yet if you take a deeper look at Taiwanese tea culture you’ll certainly find more amazing teas coming from this beautiful island.
Sun Moon Lake Black Tea, aka Ruby #18, might easily top the list of best Taiwanese black teas.
It’s a hybrid cultivar of Burma and Taiwanese cultivars. Very unique and extraordinarily delicious tea.
If you haven’t tried Sun Moon Lake Black Teas yet, you should put it on your wish list especially if you’re into black teas. I had reviewed The Jade Leaf Sun Moon Lake previously and it was a wonderful tea just like this one.
Fong Mong Tea Sun Moon Lake Black Tea
This week’s tea, Fong Mong Tea Sun Moon Lake Black Tea, is an organic, hand-plucked tea which is a decent representation of Sun Moon Lake black teas.
Dry leaves are composed of long, slightly twisted leaves. They are uniform in shape. The smell is quite fruity.
The liquor had a vibrant amber red color with great clarity. The aroma is quite similar to the smell of the dry leaves but more intense for sure.
The taste…wonderful! You can never go wrong with a decent Sun Moon Lake Black tea. It’s rich and a delight for tea-thirsty mouths.
It’s sweet with a slight astringency but nothing that bothers you. Very well balanced!
If you like cinnamon flavored black teas, this tea has it naturally. And a quite intense one. I loved it!
It offers fruity tones as well. It’s hard to pinpoint but I get a mostly citrusy taste.
The mouthfeel is slightly thick and velvety.
The aftertaste is quite persistent, particularly the cinnamon taste, and refreshing. It left a nice trail of spicy and fruity flavor both in my throat and mouth.
What are your favorite Sun Moon Lake black teas?