Just did my first steep of Formosa Ruby Black Tea, grown in Sun Moon Lake, Nantou, Taiwan, from Jas etea. Premium grade, Spring 2010.
The leaves were interesting; tightly rolled, from a 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch long-- looked very black to me. (Apparently other see them as very dark red. ) The aroma definitely had a FF "grassiness" to it. I didn't pick up a cinnamon aroma as mentioned on the website.
As usual, I didn't read the steeping directions for amount, temperature, etc. I always like to brew black teas as I normally do for the ones I drink a lot. 212 F water, 3 - 5 minute steep.
I should have read these directions!!!! Wasn't enamored of the taste, but I should have used cooler water and steeped first for only 1 minute (for normal consumption.)
Looking forward to finding cinnamon and mint notes in this tea when steeped properly!
Will report second try.