|"In [former Soviet] Georgia, tea really does smoke you."|
The leaf appearance was like the two other Georgian teas I tried from Tea Embassy. They have an odd, but very appealing, hand-rolled shape to them with an even black shape. It wasn’t as tippy as the others, but who expects that from a smoked tea? As expected from the aroma, it was all hickory and charcoal. Gah, it’s been too long since I’ve had a smoked drink. I was jonesin’.
I subjected to as manly a treatment I could think of for a smoked tea – 2 tsp. in 16oz. of boiled water for five minutes. I wanted to swig this from a pint glass. There was no other acceptable way.
The liquor brewed to a dark amber with an even forest fire aroma. The taste was what I was hoping for – not all smoke but not too little smoke. The balanced, semi-floral/semi-malt flavor of the Georgian tea was there, and the smoky edition acted as a good capper. That and it lit a fire under my chaff in the morning. In [former Soviet] Georgia, tea really does smoke you.
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