Guria Likhauri

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apricot, Jam, Malt, Yeast, Butter, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dark Wood, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Leather, Muscatel, Peach, Rose, Rosehips, Salt, Spicy, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Wood, Tannic
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Edit tea info Last updated by Martin Bednář
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 g 11 oz / 313 ml

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  • “I had nightmares last night. I had a really, really bad morning. And I hurt my back and it has been getting steadily worse all day. Also, it has been raining for two days and it isn’t supposed to...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you so much Martin for sending me this tea! I carefully measured out 2 teaspoons, then realised that left only a few leaves in the packet, so I dumped the whole lot into my teapot and brewed...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Martin Advent Day 16 This tea is delicious! It’s a plain black tea, but I liked it so much I didn’t even add milk. It was so malty and full of flavor – thanks for sharing this one Martin!” Read full tasting note
    95
  • “This is one of those teas where I ask myself: “Where do I start?” A fine Georgian black tea complex enough to be satisfying but never pretentious. It feels like an accessible yet refined ‘peoples’...” Read full tasting note
    95

From Dobra Cajovna

Black, whole-leaf Georgian black tea from hillside of the Caucasus, Ozurgeti area, village Likhauri. Extra special of Pardubice Dobrá Čajovna tearoom.

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10 Tasting Notes

2511 tasting notes

I had nightmares last night. I had a really, really bad morning. And I hurt my back and it has been getting steadily worse all day. Also, it has been raining for two days and it isn’t supposed to stop soon and I really, really need sunlight. It was just an all around bad day. Did I say bad day yet?

Until shortly after lunch.

The mail was delivered. And there was an unexpected envelope from overseas. The Czech Republic to be precise! It was tea and a postcard and a letter from Martin! Steepsterites to the rescue! Even though it was still raining outside, the sun came out in my kitchen! The teas were this one, two from Bird and Blend which is a company I have never tried before, and another called Kali Laska.

Well, it is New Year’s Eve so of course I am going to try Martin’s favorite black tea, Guria Likhauri! This will be my NYE celebration! Cuz I am wild like that.

Youngest gave me some Champignon cheese for Christmas – a delicious soft cheese with mushrooms, so I made a plate of that, crackers, Hickory Farms turkey summer sausage for Sam the King of Dogs, mozzarella which was pretty bland and hardly worth mentioning, and some Bon Maman cherry preserves to try to make the mozzarella interesting.

I measured the leaves and determined that there was enough here to make a small pot.

But oh those leaves! I rarely see black tea leaves that look like this. They are thick and twisted, sinewy, and so shiny – really glossy black and beautiful. They exude character – the life of the tea bush is almost palpable. I think I had a tea from Old Ways Tea that looked like this. Just looking at leaves like this makes me feel awestruck with the miracle of tea and the beauty of nature.

The aroma was complex and layered with a deep woodiness and fresh, sharp grapes, like muscatel. The muscatel aspect was like the scent in darjeeling but not as sharp and high as darjeeling. As I start to sip I inhale and the aroma floods my senses before I even get any tea and it is fruit – stewed, rich, dark. Stone fruit?

There is no bitterness and no astringency, and I can see why Martin says he drinks this grandpa style. You surely could. It’s that smooth. While the tea sits in your mouth, I would say it has medium body with a touch of creaminess or oiliness like the texture of some ripe puerh. After you swallow, woody notes linger. And something else….minerals! Definitely minerals.

My husband sips and says, “This is fruity.” Normally he says, “This is hot and has tea-like qualities” when I ask if he likes a tea, so the fact that he pointed out a specific impression from the tea means it made him take notice. (Maybe he can take review lessons from Kiki!) He drank A LOT of it.

There is no way I am wasting any of this, so I steeped it again. We finished our cheese and I am now sitting alone drinking the third steep as I type and while it is lighter than the first steep, it still has way more interest and flavor than many teas have on their first steep.

And wow, as it cools, it has different notes. Some teas get so astringent as they cool that you really have to reheat the cup to finish it, but not this one. The minerality is increased, the muscatel has decreased, and the stewed fruit – plums with a pinch of brown sugar maybe? – is still present but light. Mostly minerals and woody flavor here at the end.

Still good and I still want more, so fourth steep here we come. Paler now, minerals and a more noticeable sweetness. Well, that was unexpected. Almost like a licorice root sweetness so I guess this may be what they call hui gan? Was it there before and I missed it?

A delightful tea, and I see why it is Martin’s favorite.

Many thanks, Martin. It made my day.

Many thanks to the Steepster community for being who you are. May 2021 be blessed and filled with hope, joy, peace, fellowship, and good tea!

Courtney

All the best for 2021 and beyond, and I’m so glad your day turned around! :)

DrowningMySorrows

Hurray for tea and cheese saving a rotten day!

Martin Bednář

All the best for 2021 and I am super happy it has been delivered still “in time”! Your tasting note did same trick with my mood as the tea-mail :) I am glad I have measured enough even for sharing, and sharing is caring right?

I really need more of this tea. It is that great. And quite cheap one. I would love to visit Georgia (the country, of course) one day.

I am happy that I made you happy :)

ashmanra

Oh, Martin, the stamp was so pretty, too! And on Thursday afternoons I teach a family of young ladies and one of them does the most adorable whimsical art and she often uses postage stamps to add a collage effect. I was able to get the stamp off the envelope undamaged and give it to her to use. She likes it very much.

My Christmas gift from her was an illustration of Flavia de Luce, a character in some of my favorite novels. If I see the stamp pop up in any of her art work I will try to send you a photo!

White Antlers

Happy New year ashmanra. I hope this finds you feeling better in body and mind. <3

ashmanra

Thank you, White Antlers! May this year be awesome for you!

Martin Bednář

Ashmanra: I am happy that you liked the stamp too, and I am grateful that it comes to use and not only for postage! I really liked it too, quite unusual in my opinion.

mrmopar

Happy New Year to you too and all the people on here. Hoping 2021 will be a better year for all.

White Antlers

mrmopar A very happy New Year to you! I hope the welcome and kindness you showed me years ago when I was new on Steepster comes back to you this year a thousand times over.

mrmopar

@White Antlers, you too. You are a great friend and I am glad we met here. Your kindness brings joy on here everyday as well.

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87 tasting notes

Thank you so much Martin for sending me this tea! I carefully measured out 2 teaspoons, then realised that left only a few leaves in the packet, so I dumped the whole lot into my teapot and brewed Western style over the afternoon. I love a good, malty black tea – and this is exactly that.

1st pot, 98c, 2m 30s – smells malty, rich and smooth. Lovely flavour! Malty and sweet. Notes of apricot jam and a silky smooth texture. No astringency or bitterness.

2nd pot, 98c, 8m 10s – richer aroma, more malty and less smooth. The malty flavour intensifies. It’s almost yeasty, but not unpleasantly – it’s like doughy, under-baked bread. Apricot jam is still present and nicely sweet.

3rd pot, 98c, 14m – malty and smooth but light. Honeyed apricot sweetness develops in the aftertaste. Still super pleasant.

Ah, this was an amazing tea, from the first cup to the twelfth. I’ve had a look for it online but it doesn’t seem to be available right now. Will definitely consider buying it when it’s available again. Thanks so much Martin!

Flavors: Apricot, Jam, Malt, Yeast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Martin Bednář

I guess I somehow missed this note from you? Anyway, I am happy it found another tea-drinker that likes this tea. I have chance to buy more, once I am back in my Uni city. Hopefully, if Covid won’t go mad here, I will go there on 4th of January. I can buy more, if they have it. I would share more, if I got more in my pouch. I just sent a lots of all around the world.

It is said, that this one is an extraspecial for that tea room. Maybe it’s not exactly that one, because they don’t have an online shop.

I will try to make a group buy after first days of Christmas, so keep eye on Discussions; I hope you will find something else from this tea room to keep them alive. :)

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978 tasting notes

Martin Advent Day 16
This tea is delicious! It’s a plain black tea, but I liked it so much I didn’t even add milk. It was so malty and full of flavor – thanks for sharing this one Martin!

Courtney

Malty is amazing!

Martin Bednář

I am super glad that you liked it! To be honest I was really nervous sending you this; as it is plain teas and you wrote me that you don’t like them much. I was a bit afraid you will skip it, as… “plain tea aren’t my thing” or something.

And apparently it’s great one, as you didn’t had to add any milk in!

derk

I’m so grateful Martin passed some of this around. It’s a special black tea :)

Martin Bednář

I wish I have more opportunity to have more. Last time I bought 100 grams and it’s all gone. And I wasn’t in my University city in ages. Hopefully will be 4th of January, so if anyone wants to; I can buy another pouch. Maybe I can go for group order while linking tea-room website? Their Tung Ting was great too! (But all the tea are subject to availability)

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95
932 tasting notes

This is one of those teas where I ask myself: “Where do I start?”

A fine Georgian black tea complex enough to be satisfying but never pretentious. It feels like an accessible yet refined ‘peoples’ tea. Fruity, floral, woody, malty. Delicate, lightly stewed fruits and grape verging on muscatel with a touch of butter, leather, salt. Rosewater and cherrywood base. The malt never dominates. Balanced astringency. Some spiciness in feel but not in taste. Nice fruity, tangy aftertaste. The body is damn near perfect for a stands-on-its-own black tea.

Granted I only had enough of this from a swap with Martin to have 3 days of western prep, it seems like a versatile tea. It has that comforting sweater weather feeling that made the past few mornings’ cloudy cold snap more bearable, but it’s also light and bright enough to feel refreshing on this sunnier and warmer spring morning. It sits so right with me. Thanks, Martin :)

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dark Wood, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Leather, Malt, Muscatel, Peach, Rose, Rosehips, Salt, Spicy, Stewed Fruits, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

You are welcome! I know I have to buy some more again. It is one of the finest black teas I had! As you said, good on its own.

ashmanra

That sounds wonderful! I have seen a Georgian tea for sale in Chapel Hill but never tried it. May need to have a look again.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: I can get some, if you want to. Or O have something still in cupboard, but I don’t know how much. Feel free to write me an E-mail.

ashmanra

Thank you for the offer, Martin! I may take you up on that!

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1051 tasting notes

And another tasting note of this one. Raising the rating from 95 to 99 as it is my all time favourite I guess.

Yes, as you know, I have birthday today! And this day needs great tea. And that one from morning wasn’t it. But quarter of a century over here? To sum up… I had completely different thoughts about last 5 years. But it is like that and I don’t want to change it. If I decided otherwise I won’t met so perfect guys around me. Not only Steepster people, nor classamtes, nor co-workers. It’s not perfect life, but who needs a perfect life? It would be boring.

But this tea is close to perfect and no way boring. I won’t repeat myself, just read other notes :)

Yummy, malty jam. No bitterness even prepared grandpa as usual, full-bodied, just perfect for this day!

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y
Although there could be many nice songs, for example this one helped to go through the panic attack yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCV_ro2U_A (if you google translate lyrics, you will lose the play with words, but you will get basic thought of song)

Thank you all that I could be member of this community. I like it here because of you guys!

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML
amandastory516

Happy birthday! I hope it’s filled with lots of beautiful tea.

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!!!

ashmanra

Happy birthday, again, Martin! First song is one I knew well, and the second one is really awesome. I didn’t see a translation in the comments but listening to it was quite nice!

Martin Bednář

Managed to translate it a bit; check that out :)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v6jgvrGJIUfdgQ0bfACzX7ReWiwl9hinXG4K2b03kDU/edit?usp=sharing

Just don’t edit it. I want that you all can enjoy it :)

Leafhopper

Happy birthday! Yes, Steepster is a great community. Wishing you more good tea in the year to come.

Teatotaler

Happy birthday, Martin! 24 June is my birthday too. It seems that there are three of us here born on 24 June. :)

ashmanra

Wow! Happy birthday to you, also, Teatotaler!

ashmanra

Martin: Thank you for the translation! That was a lot of work!

Martin Bednář

Teatotaler: Happy birthday then for you as well! So, we are at least 3 on Steepster with same day. Oh, and it is just one of 365 days.

ashmanra: I just wanted you all to understand that song. It is easier to listening to English songs and then translating it for myself to Czech than vice versa. But I am happy that you liked it even without translation :)

Everyone: Thank you for being here, despite Steepster looks like in agony. I hope it will survive as long as possible. I am glad to have at least few people with other contacts. I was even thinking making some alternative for this page, but busy with school, so… it is still just in my head.

Nattie

Happy birthday for yesterday Martin and teatotaler! What a coincidence that there are so many of us here on Steepster with the same birthday! (:

mrmopar

Happy birthday Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you mrmopar!

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