drank Sun Moon Lake Ruby Tea by Tea to Tea
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We went to Yong Kang Street a few times, exploring different parts of it. One time, we went into Tea to Tea, a prepared-tea shop that had some loose leaf as well (a pretty common setup, think Ten Ren if you’ve been to one in the U.S.). After the unfortunate start with the bottled Ruby 18, I assumed that this leaf would be of similar quality and intended to have sugar added. So I was pleasantly surprised when I tried to order it with boba and 30% sugar and was told that neither was an option; that this was one of a few teas on the menu that could only be customized as hot or cold, no sweetener and no toppings. I ordered it iced and waited the requisite time for them to brew it fresh. And it was a noticeable improvement over the bottled tea: super smooth, a little woody, with a much more pronounced cinnamon note. They gave me the leaves in a special little to-go container so I could rebrew them, so I cold brewed them overnight when I got back to the hotel for a really lovely second brew.

ashmanra

Sending the leaves home with you just blows my mind!

beerandbeancurd

Ah, yes, that is brilliant!

Kaylee

Yeah I was STUNNED, and since I have no poker face I’m sure my surprise was obvious and I looked like a total novice! I sometimes take leaves home with me from a good gong fu session at my local tea shop if I have to leave before the tea is spent, but even then I have to proactively ask for it – I’ve never been spontaneously handed used leaves for resteeping before!

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ashmanra

Sending the leaves home with you just blows my mind!

beerandbeancurd

Ah, yes, that is brilliant!

Kaylee

Yeah I was STUNNED, and since I have no poker face I’m sure my surprise was obvious and I looked like a total novice! I sometimes take leaves home with me from a good gong fu session at my local tea shop if I have to leave before the tea is spent, but even then I have to proactively ask for it – I’ve never been spontaneously handed used leaves for resteeping before!

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