Back logging from Monday is when I received 100 grams worth of this baby! The tea is actually a nice cross between an Assam and a Keemun with all the robustness of either, with the lightness of Darjeeling, and hardly tannic and astringent. The leaves smelled of pines, with some floral aspects, and upon the first brew with 208 degree water and 6 minutes time yields a nice amber hue and the smell of pines being prominent. The tea of course was never a let down! It tasted just like keemun, with all the smokiness (albeit light) and being piney ,with some maltiness normally one would associate with Assams. The tea has the robustness and flavor of Keemun, with the maltiness of an Assam which gives the first brew and impression rather well enjoyable. The second brew gave off a lighter amber color in the liquor, the same flavors being slightly less smoky, more on the piney side, grassy and malty. Its quite a tea to have, and after reading reviews being the jewel of Georgia and the “creme de la creme” of Soviet products, its even more satisfying to know that one day this tea will go out strong with the rest of the world!

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I’m a tea lover and a traveler. I believe in delving into cultures and cuisines. In so doing, I have found tea to be the most exciting and adventurous beverage in the world that has played a role in history and in the lives of many. Now that’s a shrub isn’t it!
Note: I may be a purist at times where some teas needs to be enjoyed naturally, yet I do enjoy many other teas that find its way into my palate!

Favorite Teas: Yunnan teas, the staple Assam and some Darjeeling, love Japanese greens, and “indie” teas either home grown or unfamiliar regions i.e. Turkey, Georgia, love Tisanes, Oolongs, some white teas, and my favorite staple: Chai teas.



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