Reviews

What-Cha Georgia Natela’s Gold Standard Black Tea

Country of Origin: Georgia
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: stainless steel infuser basket and ceramic teacup
Liquor: reddish brown

It’s hard to believe but this is the first Georgia (the country, not the state) grown tea that I have ever reviewed here. The taste was malty and slightly sweet without any astringency or bitterness. I was very much reminded of Assam but there were subtle differences. There was an indistinct fruity undertone, not quite peach but something close to it. My second cup was just a hair lighter in body but just as enjoyable as the first. There was just something so comforting about the taste. After a long day at work it made my insides all melty and the stress just slipped away. Sometimes a super simple black tea is all that you need to make things better. It was bold enough to support milk and sugar but it’s really not necessary at all. I know that I’ve said it before but What-Cha really has a knack for affordable yet unusual teas. I have my eye on their China Fujian Anxi 2008 Heavy Roasted Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea in Bitter Melon and I definitely think that I’ll be picking up some of this along with it.

Georgia Natela’s Gold Standard Black Tea sample provided by What-Cha.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.