Georgia Mr Ramirez’s Hand-Made Black Tea from What-Cha. . . . .

There was a time when I was young, and I was afraid of straight teas. So, it just tasted like, um, tea? Without anything in it? What was the appeal?

I’ve since realized that tea by itself can taste like anything, depending on what type of tea it is, and where it was grown. Like grapes and wine, tea leaves can be altered by circumstance.

So Georgia  is a black tea. But it’s also more than a black tea, without anyone having to do anything. Which is kind of crazy.

This tea has heavy-hitting notes of fruit. I’m getting a very sweet raisin.

It reminds me a lot of Sun-Maid raisin boxes my mom used to throw in my lunch when fruit wasn’t on sale.

(Did you know that honeycrisp apples are around $3.99/pound right now? Even crappy apples like Red Delicious can get costly for a family of four. Raisins are a steal, friends.)

I loved those boxes of raisins. I loved how the beautiful Sun Maid lady was in a circle-halo like the Virgin Mary. I enjoyed pulling the stems out of the raisins. I liked their squishy pop. I was super-into digging into the bottom of the box to get the last raisins that were stuck down there. Raisin-scraping was just as satisfying as picking my nose, but socially acceptable. Every box was a project unto itself. No raisin was left behind.

I’d like to thank this tea for bringing back a very cherished childhood memory I’d completely forgotten.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: What-Cha

A smooth fruity black tea with a sweet gentle taste of apricots and prunes and completely free of astringent tones.

Completely hand-produced by Mr. Ramiz, who at over sixty years of age, is one of the most experienced and respected tea producers within Georgia. Mr. Ramiz produces small monthly batches of tea from his own private garden, which rarely exceed 20 kilograms in quantity.

Sourced direct from tea nomad Petr Sič who travels to Georgia multiple times each year in search of the very best teas and works very closely with the producers.

Tasting Notes:
– Brilliant smooth taste
– Sweet and light taste taste of apricots and prunes

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

“Hey, everybody! I’m Leah, a graphic designer from Pennsylvania, United States. I live with my husband and rescue mutt in a house with colorful walls. I love fonts, colors, animals, flowers, novels, illustration, geeking out, and — obviously! — tea. I’ve only been heavily into tea for about a year, but I’ve found I tend to prefer loose blended black dessert teas. I normally drink them hot western style without anything added; if I add in some vanilla almond milk or honey, I promise I’ll mention it! When I’m not blogging here, I’m blogging at or posting to Instagram (super_starling), so come say hi!”

Lavender Cancer Fighting Tea from Georgia Tea Company

CancerFightingLavenderTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White & Green Teas & Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Georgia Tea Company

Tea Description:

Our signature blend, designed to boost the immune system and helps fight cancer. Boosts interferon production to help the body fight off infection while going through chemotherapy. Contains high concentrations of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Made with only the best white, green and rooibos teas.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Lavender Cander Fighting Tea has a lot going on:  it’s a white tea, a green tea, a rooibos and an herbal.  So to brew it, I decided on a fairly low temperature (I went with 175°F) and steeped it for 3 minutes.  I’m happy with the results!

This is tasty!  It has a really lovely flavor!   The lavender is strong enough to be a lingering presence throughout the sip, but it isn’t overpowering.  Lavender is one of those flowers that when overdone, it imparts a soapy or perfume-y flavor to the tea.  That didn’t happen here.  The lavender is sweet and quite wonderful here, and I love the way it melds with the blueberry flavor.  This is not a flavor combination I would have thought much about before trying this tea, but the fruit and the flower are quite compatible.

The tea has been nicely crafted, because I can taste each of the components and the way it has been blended, it would seem that the best of each ingredient is captured.  It tastes quite nice.  I get a sweet, nutty flavor from the rooibos without that sometimes funky, sour-wood kind of flavor.  I taste a light freshness and lightly brothy texture from the green and white teas.  I’m getting a lovely note of lavender and the blueberry is sweet and juicy.  The currant adds just a hint of tartness to bring some balance to the cup.

The way the green and white tea come through with the floral notes of lavender and whispers of rose evokes thoughts of walking through a garden – the taste of the air as a gentle breeze carries the essences of the flowers and surrounds the garden with it’s soft perfume.  It’s quite enjoyable.

This tea has been crafted to be help prevent cancer.  Now, I’m not a doctor nor do I pretend to be or claim to have all the answers when it comes to tea’s health benefits and how it helps to fight cancer/prevent cancer.  I don’t really even know if it does.  I’ve heard that it does.  I don’t drink tea because it’s a healthy drink, I drink it because I enjoy it.  But, if these ingredients also offer me some health benefits, then why not drink something that is both tasty and healthy?

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!