VISIT MY NEW BLOG!




I invite you to visit Tea in England, my new blog from England!

Whilst you're there, please subscribe to my free updates, and 'Like' my Facebook Fan page.
Thank you!



Friday, August 21, 2009

A Unique Tea: Krasnodar Tea


It appears a bit difficult to nail down any current cold hard facts about the tea growing situation in Russia, but ...

What?

Yes, I said Russia.

Tea? Grown in Russia?

Yes.

How unique!

The 5,000-acre Dagomys chai-plantation (growing tea since 1936) is about 30 miles south of *Sochi - one of Russia’s top vacation destinations (Vladimir Putin has a villa nearby). Sochi is located on the coast of the Black Sea and enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Isn't that amazing? Its Krasnodar tea - which reflected the unique microclimate and soil of the region - became very popular in Russia in the 1980s. However, political change greatly affected the operation of the plantation, as Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika led to a long period of neglect. In the last few years, a new management team has taken over the plantation and is aggressively attempting to revive it to its previous state. (Sourced from a May 2007 article in Fresh Cup magazine entitled Russian Tea: a rich brew of culture, flavor and history.)


Mechanical harvesting at Dagomys-chai tea plantation


If anyone knows of a source for this tea, please let me know.

*The mountain range that surrounds and protects the city from the cold northern air is home to world-class skiing. In fact, Sochi has been chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...