REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Natela’s Gold Standard

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Tea: Black tea from Georgia
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Retail price: 100 gram pouch for £6.75 / 250 gram pouch for £16.03
Link to Natela’s Gold Standard on Nothing But Tea website

Georgian tea reviews
In the next couple of weeks, I plan to post a string of reviews on some Georgian teas (the country, not the American state!) available at Nothing But Tea. I am new to Georgian teas, but I have been very impressed with my initial tastings. For my first review, I have decided to start with Natela’s Gold Standard – a tea that only has 50 kilos produced each year, and it is exclusively available at Nothing But Tea. Click here to read about Natela.

Dry leaf:
– Beautiful hand-made dry leaf: the leaves are full and wiry
– A slight aroma, but nothing compared to the wonderful aroma of the Georgian Old Gentleman tea

Infused tea:
– The liquor has a slight sweet smell
– It is a pale, golden liquor
– The tea is incredibly smooth and sweet (honey notes)
– And it coats the palate, leaving a wonderful aftertaste. The second infusion is not as sweet, but it still yields a smooth cup of tea

Conclusions/tips:
– I tasted this tea after trying two other Georgian teas and was initially skeptical because the dry leaf and liquor are not as aromatic. My skepticism was quickly pushed aside once I tasted the smooth, easy-drinking liquor
– I would suggest infusing this tea with 90 degree water for four to five minutes. You can get two dynamite infusions from this tea. Do not add milk!

Score:
4.25/5

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I couldn’t help but admire the infused leaves. This is clearly a special tea!

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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2 Responses to REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Natela’s Gold Standard

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