If you mean Caucasian Mountains (the regions between Black and Caspian sea)
tea is grown on both sides, which will be Georgia, Krasnodar Region of
Russia and Abkhazia (claimed by Georgia but wants to be with Russia) on the
Black sea side and Lenkoran region on Azerbaijan side. These are all
distinctively different and interesting teas. As far as I know they are not
imported to the US due to the variety of reasons on both sides. I receive
these once in a while via friends and family.
P.S. Just brewed myself fresh handmade Abkhazian "Governor of Caucasus".
Well, on an occasion I drank the tea brought by Russian citizen (I
have no idea what side the tea comes from, except it was from Caucus
region), and we drunk it from small cups for espresso coffee, as he
claimed it's the tradition to drink from small cups, and according
to him the tea is very rich with caffein and so we better don't
The tea was extremely tasty. I tried varieties of Chinese black and
green tea, I know Darjaling, Ceylon tea, and Russian Caravan. But,
this was something unforgettable, the most pleasant tea I ever tasted.
I found two sites on Internet that sells three varieties of Gruzian
tea; for 4oz they ask $5-6. To me, it seems they may be selling low
grade Gruzian tea that has nothing in common with the tea I tasted
with my Russian friend years ago. Maybe I am wrong. Please advice
For some peculiar reason you insist on misspelling words like Caucasus and
make a mulatto word "Gruzian" which is probably a mix of Gruzin
(transliteration from Russian word "Georgian") and Armenian.
Irrelevant but irritating.
1. Anyway, you most probably talk about Krasnodar region Tea, which, if high
quality, can be really unforgettable. It posses a unique, very rich and
strong aroma that people remember for a long time. BTW - it is the
northernmost tea plantations on the planet.
Lenkoran tea could also be unforgettable. Why not asking these guys
directly? You are absolutely right in saying that Georgian tea has probably
nothing to do with it. Georgian tea is low quality product - was, is and
most probably will remain that way until Georgians, who are avid wine
drinkers start drinking tea. Georgian tea was produced for Soviet mass
market when Georgia was a part of USSR.
2. Unless you know people who live there or who go there on trips, you may
not be able to find Krasnodar. There are some sites there that sell this
type of tea but I would not recommend them. You may get lucky and you may
get unlucky. They also sell by kilos only, AFAIK.
3. Small cups and lotsa coffeine - never heard of it. May be some family
"Alex Chaihorsky" writes:
I've tasted some exceptions to this. There's now small-scale
production of high quality tea there. Nigel Melican has consulted
with growers there, and his family's company nbtea.co.uk sells some of
the results (apparently only white tea right now.)
I looked at these. These are Georgian, not Krasnodar.
Also we were talking about robust black teas.
If I will have a chance I will try to bring some for you when and if we meet
in mid-February in NY.
You are talking about armuddy - a crystal or glass glass usually with a
"waist", that is used both in Turkey and Azerbaijan to drink tea.
The author of the original post is talking about "espresso" cups, that are
Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org/22/05 14: email@example.com
And, I have drunk said Georgian tea from Nigel's Company, "Nothing but Tea"
(nbt), and found it quite nice. I bought it for a person who spent a good
deal of time in Cuba where Georgian tea was popular at the time. She thought
very highly of Nigel's. The teas in question come from small production
Nigel supports tea production all over the world, especially in regions just
now developing (in terms of tea), or in the process of improving viable tea
production, such as in Kenya and Georgia. The tea is fully oxidized, and has
a taste and style not dissimilar to the best whole leaf teas Bangla Desh has
to offer. It is at the moment, as far as I hear and taste, still spotty, but
that goes for everywhere, right?
Alex ChaihorskyNeOgf.19488$ firstname.lastname@example.org/22/05
For what it's worth, I've been looking high and low for some armuddies, but
find only the heavily decorated ones -- with colored glass here and gold
there. I want plain old glass. Any ideas where I might go?
Free Abkhazia NOW!
Alex Chaihorskynq%gf.24534$ email@example.com/23/05
Thanks, Sasha. As well as being excellent drinking vessels, they make
remarkably efficient receiving vessels from a gaiwan. Very nice for viewing
the tea soup.