Review: Tea Embassy Georgian Village Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"Where the other Georgian tea I sampled imparted subtle tones of sweetness and character, this outright punched the tongue with a berry front."
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Several months back, I made a tea barter with a fellow blogger friend of mine. One he sent my way was tea grown in Georgia. (The country, not the state.) The stuff was near-impossible to come by in the States for reasons I couldn't fathom. I did a two-steep brew-up of the long, black twisty leaves, and they turned up a rather unique tea. However, if I ever wanted to try more from the region, the only sites I found that carried them were in the UK.

Well...apparently, I wasn't looking hard enough. An outfit from Austin, Texas had acquired, not one, but three different types. Tea Embassy isn't just an online store; to their list of credits is also an adorable-seeming tearoom I want to put on my must-visit list. The first of the three Georgians they had on "tap" was a vintage '07 offering. I'm all about the aged teas - even the only-slightly-aged.

The leaves were just like I remembered from the last Georgian I tried, only slightly smaller. They looked hand-rolled, oxidized to the extreme, with the most wonderful caramel and floral aroma. I think I took a whiff from the bag at least seven times. Nothing about the leaves seemed old by any definition, nor gave any indication of their half-decade wait.

Tea Embassy recommended approaching this like a typical, hardy black tea - boiling water, four-to-six-minute infusion, the usual. I went with about a tablespoon of leaves (they were long, so it was more like a teaspoon), 8oz. of boiled water, and a five-minute steep. Middle-of-the-road, just to be safe.

The liquor brewed up a bold amber, like its other kin I tried. The aroma was all flowers - Ceylon-ish - with just a kiss of malt on the back-whiff. As for the first sip - oh, my word! Where the other Georgian tea I sampled imparted subtle tones of sweetness and character, this outright punched the tongue with a berry front. Afterwards, it transitions to something more akin to other high-altitude black teas but with very little astringency. The finish was pleasantly tart with a touch of petal. It was so worth the five-year-aged wait.

— To purchase Tea Embassy Georgian Village Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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2 Responses to “Review: Tea Embassy Georgian Village Black Tea”

  1. Katie Says:

    Should I admit to the fact that I had no idea they grew tea in Georgia? Must try.

  2. Geoff Says:

    Go ahead and admit it. I had no idea they did until about a year ago. They produce some interesting stuff.

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