Do you know how many types of tea there are in Taiwan? Regardless of which Taiwanese tea leaves number, they are all improved by the breeding of different tea trees. The Taiwanese tea No. 18(Taicha No. 18) is one of the black tea varieties that have been cultivated and have performed very well. Even if you have never drunk it in Taiwan, you have heard of this name – Rudy black tea. The name of Rudy black tea has mainly derived from its bright red colour when brewed. In the end, how is such a beautiful and delicious Taiwanese tea No. 18 bred? What charisma could make it so well known? Let’s keep reading!
What is Taiwanese tea No. 18?
The origin of Taiwanese tea No. 18 (Taicha No. 18)
From the beginning, we can know that Taiwanese tea is combined with different varieties of tea trees. Taiwanese tea No. 18 (Taicha No. 18) is a cross-breed of Taiwanese wild camellia and Burmese large-leaf tea. Its origin is Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan. At that time, it was also bred by the tea improvement site of the Agricultural Committee of Yuchi.
The reason why Yuchi is the main place for much of the black tea cultivation is because during the Japanese occupation period, the Japanese introduced a type of tea from India, which is known as Assam tea. After this tea entered Taiwan, it was found that the climate in the Yuchi area was very similar to that of the original planting area in Assam, thus, a large amount of Assam black tea was grown here. Afterwards, the effect was very significant and a cultivation plan began. In 1999, the Rudy black tea seed was successfully cultivated, and it was named Taiwanese tea No. 18.
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy tea and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Author unknown
Tea Classroom – Taiwanese tea No. 18
The features of Taiwanese tea No. 18
The biggest feature of Taiwanese tea No. 18 (Taicha No. 18) is the flavour of its brew, with the aroma of cinnamon and a hint of mint. When drinking it, the fresh and elegant tea fragrance will stay in the mouth, and there is a light natural sweetness. It is a delicious, healthy and appealing drink for all ages. The colour of the Rudy black tea brew is a very bright and translucent red. It can be said that the name is the same as its actual product.
Price fluctuation factors of Taiwanese tea No. 18
Many people have realised that the price of Rudy black tea is much higher than other ordinary black teas, such as Assam black tea or Ceylon black tea, etc. The primary reason is that apart from the cost of cultivation, its output is not as much as that of Assam, thus, the more scarce, the more expensive. Rudy black tea is generally bitten by small green leafhoppers, so that it can release its aroma before it can be said to be mature red jade. Although the output will be reduced as a result, it also creates its natural sweetness, which is why its value is higher than other black teas.
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The effects of Rudy black tea
Rudy black tea (Hongyu black tea) is a fully fermented tea variant. In addition to its sweet and fragrant flavour, it also has some effects that can bring benefits to the human body.
Free radical scavenging
Everyone knows that drinking tea can be anti-aging, but how so? It is achieved by removing free radicals from the body! Free radicals are harmful factors that bring about human oxidation, ageing, and cytopathic effects. Hongyu black tea is rich in polyphenols and vitamins, which can help us resist oxidation, ageing, and reduce the possibility of cytopathic effects.
Relieve excess oil intake and aid digestion
The fragrance of tea leaves can help relieve us from the feeling of excess oil and sweetener consumption. When you have food that is too sweet or too oily, you might have a cup of Rudy black tea to ease those feelings. Moreover, Rudy black tea is a fully fermented tea, so you don’t have to worry about it being too irritating to the stomach and so on. Thearubigin and theaflavins found in tea, can help our intestinal function and promote appetite. There are also many people who drink tea to increase their metabolic capacity, which leads to greater weight loss effectiveness.
Prevents cardiovascular disease
According to research in the United States, drinking black tea can help heart disease patients to increase vasodilation from 6% to 10%, but it can be increased to 13% for people without heart problems. In addition, its lipid-lowering function can also reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis. For people who may be born with relatively thin blood vessels, or for those who are worried about cardiovascular disease, drink more black tea as a preventative. However, I want to remind everyone that while black tea is a remedy, it is not formally recognized as a medicine, therefore, If you feel unwell, you should seek professional medical advise as soon as possible.
Lift spirit and diuretic
Rudy black tea contains caffeine and aromatic substances, which can increase the blood flow of our kidneys, help to expand the renal microvessels, and then achieve the effect of diuresis, which speeds up the body’s circulation and metabolism. And another function of caffeine is to make the cerebral cortex secrete, stimulate our nerve centre, and then achieve refreshing and positive effects.
“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The making method of Taiwanese tea No.18
The aroma source of Taiwan tea No.18 is mainly due to fermentation and alcoholization brought about by the process of time. Thus, when you buy Rudy black tea, It is recommended to store it for approximately one year until it reaches maturity, smell slowly before tasting the completely different end result after months of anticipation.
Taiwanese tea No.18 making steps – hot brew
- Use hot water to scald all utensils, including teapots, teacups and strainers, etc., to improve the aroma of the tea.
- Put an appropriate amount of tea leaves into the teapot, the ratio of tea to water is 1:100.
- Boil the water and sit for a while. Afterwards, brew it when the water temperature is about 95 degrees. Avoiding temperatures too high as the tea brew will develop bitterness and the performance will not be as good.
- The first cup can be served after sitting for about 40 to 50 seconds. The sitting time depends on personal preference.
Taiwanese tea No.18 making steps – cold brew
- Take out the container you need, put an appropriate amount of tea leaves or tea bags, and the ratio of tea to water is 1:100.
- Pour an appropriate amount of room temperature water and leave it to set in the refrigerator.
- Wait 4~8 hours and enjoy it!
ABoxTik, enjoying fragrant and sweet Taiwanese tea No.18.
Taiwanese tea No. 18, also known as Rudy Black tea, is a unique Taiwanese tea bred from Yuchi Township. After being bitten by the little green leafhopper, the tea fragrance naturally has a sweet smell. It can be delicious without the need for any added sugar, a beloved beverage by both adults and children.
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