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