Nothing But Tea were kind enough to send me some samples of their Georgian Black Teas when I showed an interest in them on Twitter. I’m always interested to try teas that are unusual or something I haven’t tried before. Although I have tried tea grown in a range of countries most teas I drink are Japanese, Chinese or Indian which is why Georgian tea intrigued me so much.
Natela’s Gold Standard
The dry leaves smelt fruity reminding me of plums. I found the tea nice and delicate tasting with a hint of plums as the smell suggested. I also got the taste of apricots coming through. It’s a deliciously fruity yet sweet tea and it’s delicate nature makes it refreshing. This tea is exclusive to Nothing But Tea as only 50kg is grown annually and they buy all of it!
Tamaz’s Tiny Tea Factory
The dry leaves smelt fruity like Natela’s Gold Standard but with a spicy kick that reminded me of cinnamon. When brewed I found that although the tea was delicate it had a fruity yet malty taste with a lovely richness to it.
Nagobilevi Village Tea
The dry leaves smelt rather spicy and stronger than the first two teas. It also tasted spicy but with a slight astringency to it. I knew it would be delicate after trying the other teas but it was more delicate than I expected from the smell of both the dry leaves and the brewed tea.
The dry leaves smelt very pleasantly smoky. The tea is delicate yet smoky and sweet. The smokiness it just right which means the sweetness still comes through. It was my favourite of the four teas.
I brewed all four teas for 3 minutes at 95c. I found that all four teas had a delicate nature in common meaning they could only be steeped once and wouldn’t take milk or sugar well. I enjoyed all four teas and I’m definitely going to look into trying more Georgian tea.