Herbata na mapie: GRUZJA (odc. 2). Czajnikowy.pl

Herbata na mapie: GRUZJA (odc. 2). Czajnikowy.pl

Georgian tea is something
we know or at least remember. In the past it was popular and it
reigned on our empty shelves, that’s why it brings crisis times to our minds. It’s pretty popular, for one it’s most
usually black and secondly, bad memories that make Georgian tea have to
drill its way again for our kettles. We should give it a chance cause it’s
a totally different thing these days than what we remember from the times we remember.
Tea in Georgia didn’t appear naturally of course. That’s not the place it grew or occurred. Its beginnings
are connected with a Georgian prince who while being in China got fascinated with tea
and really wanted to grow it himself. He realized that the climate in the place where he was
is very similar to the one he knew from his country. Of course it wasn’t exactly that, the weather was quite
similar, the climate is actually slightly different, Georgia doesn’t have Chinese climate
but it’s one that allows to produce tea. Let’s place another country
on our tea manufacturers’ map. He brought tea in the beginning of the 19th century.
I found out he had it hidden in a carved bamboo that he took as a souvenir. The seeds were planted
and in the 1947 there were first tea harvests. Georgian tea was presented in St Petersburg
where it was awarded on the fairs. The plantations were developing although it still
wasn’t perfect tea since the climate in Georgia wasn’t perfect for tea. So they started to expand the issue
and bring experts from China as well as new cuttings and first plantations were set up in Batumi and Sokhumi.
The tea was getting better and better, to the extent that at the turn of centuries it was awarded
a gold medal in the Paris World Expo. The tea was planted across 2 million ha. Can you
imagine that huge area in such a small country? In the country that’s far from perfect conditions. The 20th
century was a time of intense tea development for Georgia. It was so large that the new technologies and plants introduced
by Russia like heavy equipment, combine harvesters and various tea processing machines led Georgia in the 50s
to the place of the fourth largest tea manufacturer worldwide. Incredible result. Today it couldn’t probably face it. Why was that? When communistic era began,
there were ideas to make the country independent from others. They thought the Soviet Union has everything that’s the best
and also tea so they didn’t have to bring it from other places. So there was a kind of rough push and pressure
on Georgia to get as much tea as possible in order to satisfy the whole Soviet market with
Georgian tea and they managed to do it, indeed. By investing and increasing number of
new machines, a lot of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, creating new varieties and strains
of tea, the effect is that a huge tea production finally had to disappear since the overcropped
and exploited soil no longer was enough for tea and in the meantime the communism disappeared
and Georgian plantations were abandoned. Currently there have been just 17
out of 150 tea plants left in Georgia. There are plenty of abandoned plantations
which went wild and are actually unowned and you can use them. It turns out the locals often
working on those fields for many generations know the basics of tea processing and
are capable of doing that even today. So they simply go through the wild places,
they pick tea, process it at home, sometimes they even sell it on the market,
a kind of non-certified production. The result is that the tea is good.
That tea is actually organic, left on its own grows how it wants, it’s picked and
processed by hand so it’s like an ideal. In that way small manufacturers
who discovered there’s lots of them set up a special association which is called
the Georgian Handmade Tea Makers Association. so it sounds pretty complicated
but I think it has a nice abbreviation and within that association
or group, there are certain rules. Machines mustn’t be used, the whole
production is done manually, even if someone has a machine they can’t
buy it. They only have a shared drier when bad weather makes it impossible
to dry the tea in the Sun, then they can use it as the only machine they can use. That tea
is really splendid. We can get numerous teas who have surnames of particular producers in the
brand name because there’ s a house or household with a senior of the generation who makes
tea. Not much but we can get it and thanks to that association
we can also buy it here in Poland although it’s produced
in really little amount per year. So it’s worth paying closer
attention to it and tasting. It’s really nice to enjoy Georgian tea
just like we’re going to do in a while. I have a thought that Georgian tea like
Darjeeling teas is one that’s not going to be on any tea competition because it has such
a characteristic flavor that it would be too simple. Everyone would guess it’s Georgia. Very peculiar in taste, and very
appreciated, I personally like it a lot. It’s delightful, not too strong,
it’s on the sweet side, a little like jam, it’s fruity with a clear note of herbs, herbs
which are honey if you know what I mean. I don’t really taste the note of honey here but a note
of goldenrod, melissa, a little bit of nettle, there’s some herbal note here
and combined with some jam and honey. It’s like you made honey jam made of fruit like strawberries
and eat it drinking melissa at the same time. Or nettle, or nettle with melissa, or any herbal blend.
But ones that are floral, you know what I mean. Shortly speaking, it’s impossible
to mistake it with anything else. Georgian tea. Really worth relishing and trying. Each of them is different but they all have
something in common, just like Darjeelng. It’s a kind of our… well, not really ours cause
Georgia is in Asia and Europe but closest to us It’s like our local Darjeeling, so to speak. They are
completely different from each other, though. Delightful. That’s all for now.
See you soon in the next country! Production: Czajnikowy.pl 2019

10 thoughts on “Herbata na mapie: GRUZJA (odc. 2). Czajnikowy.pl

  1. Ale super! kolejny odcinek, jak ja lubię ten kanał, wyczekuje kolejnych odcinków i życzę jeszcze większego rozwoju kanału.

  2. Fajnie by było, jakbyście przy odcinkach o konkretnych herbatach dawali w opisie namiary, gdzie można taką kupić 🙂 Tak więc gdzie można namierzyć taką hand-made gruzińską herbatkę? 🙂

  3. Herbata gruzińska dość mocno przypomina mi turecką. Bardzo mi smakuje. Z serca Was popieram w Waszej serii czarką po mapie. Na swoim kanale zrobiłem serię pod nazwą herbaciane narody. Teraz robię serię pod nazwą yerbowe narody. Na razie zrobiłem film o Urugwaju. W przygotowaniu mam Brazylię. Jesteś Rafale dla mnie kopalnią wiedzy i mądrości herbacianej.

  4. Kto chce żeby Czajnikowego.pl zrobił konkurs na bon na zakupy do sklepu Poyerbani.pl o wartości np 150 zł lub więcej niech da herbaciarnia łapkę w górę

  5. Czajnikowy ✌️ szacun ekipa za kolejny materiał, dobrze pocięty, ekstra jakość i wiedza👊 czekam na odc.3👍
    Może pod koniec odcinka dodawał byś kilka sekund o następnym😉by wiedzieć co będzie next😏

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