Rare and Wild Georgia Grusinien OP - 2 oz
Since an American friend who lives in the country of Georgia told me about Georgian teas, we have been hunting for them. It took many years, but we finally procured some, thanks to the slow but steady resurgence of craft tea production in the country making thier tea slightly more available. This tea is produced from tea plants that went wild when the tea industry collapsed a few decades ago (along with the USSR).
The long, wiry leaf presents intense aromas of raspberry and plums. The soup is juicy, full and mouthwatering, clear burgundy in color, with a cascade of fruit - cantaloupe, plum, banana, orange peel - then chocolate, cinnamon and sweet biscuit notes. Not a lot of tannins to speak of nor very complex, but very enjoyable; a tea to be experienced. Brew at 200 F.