Today’s review will focus on the Krasnodar Large Leaf Green Tea sourced by What-Cha from the Dagomys Tea Estate in Russia. You may view and purchase this tea on the What-Cha website by clicking here.
The Dagomys Tea Estate, among others in the Krasnador area of southern Russia, is considered the northernmost tea growing estate on Earth. Dagomys is located near Sochi, Russia, and the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea. The loose translation of “Dagomys” in the Adyghe language is a “cool, shady place.” This name originates from the characteristically cool summers caused by the mountain air currents. Dagomys, and the Sochi area in general, are renowned tourist spots for the beautiful landscapes, including mountains and tea gardens, and sea views. The Dagomys Tea Estate is recognized for producing better quality orthodox teas compared to some of the other estates in Krasnador.
The sample packet has been opened, and a sweet and smoky smell is immediately recognizable. Let the journey begin…
The dry leaves range from pale forest green to very dark green. The leaves are all medium to large sized fragments. There are some bare stems in the mix. No buds are visible. The leaves are machine rolled, and some are curled. The leaves are very dry, and crack into coarse crumbs. The appearance is quite standard. The smell has scents of dried cherry, smoke, forest floor, dried roses, and light dry grass.
Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 175°F (80°C). The leaves were infused for 3:00 minutes.
My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 175°F (80°C). Steep the leaves for 2:00 minutes. Expect three quality infusions out of the same serving of leaves.. Add 15 seconds to each subsequent infusion steep time.
The first infusion produced a liquor with a light yellow color and a very slight green tint, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of fig, cherry, roses, smoke, forest floor, light grass, and mineral. The body is a solid medium, with a mouth-filling, lively texture. There is a medium level of astringency. The taste has notes of forest floor, roses, fig, cherry, smoke, light grass, and mineral (salt). The aftertaste carries the floral and earthy notes, and a persistent floral and earthy essence is left on the breath.
The infused leaves range in color from forest green to dark forest green. A few of the leaves show light oxidation. The leaves are all medium to large sized fragments, with some smaller crumbs and bare stems in the mix. The stems show a two leaf pluck. The leaves have a soft, smooth texture. The smell is quite potent, with scents of cherry, fig, roses, forest floor, and smoke.
The Krasnodar Large Leaf Green Tea from Dagomys Tea Estate is a good quality green tea with plenty of aroma and flavor. With a pleasant balance of fruity, earthy, and smoky tones, this interesting green tea from Russia will not disappoint, as long as the expectations are reasonable. This tea had a very unique salty mineral taste, perhaps the result of using more mature leaves. I would compare this green tea to the good quality (not best quality) green teas of southern India and Sri Lanka. For those who love being adventurous and trying teas from as many terroirs as possible, then this is definitely worth experiencing, as it certainly has a few unique traits that are hard to remember finding elsewhere.
Thanks again to the management of What-Cha for giving me the opportunity to experience the Large Leaf Green Tea from Dagomys Tea Estate in Russia. Cheers!