The history of tea growing in Georgia dates to 1845 when the first Chinese tea bushes were planted in the western part of the country. Chilly nights, cold winters and subtropical summers are perfect for the Chinese Camellias. As an industry it was slow to establish and required Chinese help to improve production but by 1900, Georgian tea won the gold medal at the Paris World Expo. The first World War ended production as food production was more important, it really didn’t start again until after 1921 when Georgia became part of the Soviet Socialist Republics with Moscow spending millions of Rubles to increase productivity so that the USSR could be self-sufficient in tea. Harvesters manually collected 40-60Kg of leaves per day compared to 20Kg a day plucked now. The second World War slowed production but mechanisation after the war increased dramatically, but at the expense of quality. By 1985, 150,000 tonnes were produced that year compared to 2,000 tonnes today. Five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union the tea industry crashed as cheaper tea from China and Sri Lanka flooded the market. This tea is from wild growing trees some of which may well be over a hundred years old and would be classified as organic, other than not having the certification. The trees are found between the Mtirala National Park close to the Black Sea and the Adjara Mountains.
You will receive 45 grams of this tea for £5.00 this will allow you to make between 22 cups and 45 cups of tea. Two grams per cup, this works out between twenty-two pence per cup and eleven pence per cup. We also sell larger quantities of this tea at a more economical rate; the price will therefore be lower.