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.
– Brilliant smooth taste
– Sweet and light taste taste of apricots and prunes