Russian Caravan

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A classic black tea smoked over a fire and made with a blend of Keemun, Lapsang, Yunnan and Assam teas. This tea is not for everyone, but those who have found a love for it will accept no substitute. It is also lower in caffeine then other black teas.

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Russian Caravan is not actually from Russia, however it was made popular along the trade (or 'caravan') route from China to Russia. In the days of the camel trains across Asia this mysterious character was absorbed on the trail from evening campfires or from the camels themselves. Imagine for a moment the starry nights on the plains of Asia en route with your precious cargo of tea to the opulent courts of St. Petersburg. You are hunkering down under your blanket and sipping tea fit for a king while trying to ward off the cold bite in the night air. During the time of the Czars, tea was the most important drink after vodka. In fact, even today the tradition continues as Russians and Chinese are major consumers of tea in world terms. Their tastes have changed over the years but light, bright, flavorful teas are still in high demand in Russia. Quite often the tea is thrown into a pot and allowed to simmer and steep all day. Evidence of this custom can be seen in the Russian samovar - the ideal means of serving tea - Russian style. This is one reason you need a light, liquoring tea with flavor to be considered for Russian Caravan Tea.

Brewing Instructions:

Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 4 minutes.

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Organic black tea,

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A classic black tea smoked over a fire and made with a blend of Keemun, Lapsang, Yunnan and Assam teas. This tea is not for everyone, but those who have found a love for it will accept no substitute. It is also lower in caffeine then other black teas.

Extra Info:

Russian Caravan is not actually from Russia, however it was made popular along the trade (or 'caravan') route from China to Russia. In the days of the camel trains across Asia this mysterious character was absorbed on the trail from evening campfires or from the camels themselves. Imagine for a moment the starry nights on the plains of Asia en route with your precious cargo of tea to the opulent courts of St. Petersburg. You are hunkering down under your blanket and sipping tea fit for a king while trying to ward off the cold bite in the night air. During the time of the Czars, tea was the most important drink after vodka. In fact, even today the tradition continues as Russians and Chinese are major consumers of tea in world terms. Their tastes have changed over the years but light, bright, flavorful teas are still in high demand in Russia. Quite often the tea is thrown into a pot and allowed to simmer and steep all day. Evidence of this custom can be seen in the Russian samovar - the ideal means of serving tea - Russian style. This is one reason you need a light, liquoring tea with flavor to be considered for Russian Caravan Tea.

Brewing Instructions:

Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 4 minutes.

Ingredients:

Organic black tea,

Origin:

Blend

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I have used this tea with a little salt as a dry rub for use on the grill, will lend a delightful but not over powering smoke note to meat.

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5 Stars

When dark and dreary winter days get me down, I like to make a cup of Russian Caravan. With a little bit of milk, this is an excellent cup of tea to wrap myself around and find comfort in it's warm smokiness.

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5 Stars

This is a tea that has the character of a good black Yunan, which can be slightly smoky, however the smoke flavor here is predominant. Russian Caravan makes a good after dinner tea. Or, if you are used to a strong smoky flavor, any time of day. Not a tea for sweetening.

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5 Stars

I wasn't quite sure what to make of this tea at the shop. Once I got it home and had my first cup I was hooked! This was an instant favorite for me. (I like Pu-erh, Yerba Mate, and Matcha Green to give some reference - if you like any of those you might love this)

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5 Stars

This tea smells and tastes like rolling tobacco. It is gross.

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I absolutely Love Russian Caravan tea! It's like a good, bold wine! Another fabulous, dark, rich smokey tea is "All Day Breakfast." It rocks :-)

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5 Stars

Great product and excellent service!

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5 Stars

This tea is one of my all-time favorites. It's perfect on a gray, gloomy autumn or winter day, or perhaps around a fire. It tastes as though it's been smoked over the cooking fires of a traveling group, following the Silk Road. It's a tapestry, a tea that would have many stories. Excellent.

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When I smelled the dry tea it smelled like straight Lapsang souchong and I expected massive amounts of smoked pine and not much else when I brewed it. However brewed the other teas in the blend mellow things out and bring balance to the pine smoke. The malty oxidized note I associate with black tea comes through and I get a strong note that reads to me as sweet potato that sits side by side with a much tamer than I expected smoke. All in all a very nice comforting cold weather tea.

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5 Stars

I ordered this Russian Caravan because I was getting it from another online merchant (Upton Tea), but they are expensive. However, I have one complaint about this tea: this blend uses Lapsang Souchong. When you use that tea, the Lapsang taste (a smoky flavor) overpowers all of the rest of it. It might as well be named "Lapsang Light." I realize this is their blend, but it really didn't work for me. As for NM Tea themselves, they were great and delivery was fast, so no shade being thrown on them, just the blending choice.

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3 Stars

I had enjoyed the deliciousness of russian caravan before and found it everything I could want and more. Tzar nicholas has a little bit of that yummy smoked flavor but the russian caravan is like a tasteful explosion in your mouth. A little overwhelming when camping but a great wake up tea.

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5 Stars

I like tried a Russian Caravan tea at a local herb/renaissance stores' tasting. I fell in love. My mom drank tea everyday with milk. This tea reminds me of her. NM Tea co. has my favorite blend of this tea. It's rich and wonderful with just the right amount Lapsang souchon for smokiness. I've had to add Lapsang to other blends but this one is perfect. I like it hot with milk. I like this tea cold with a bit of South African Honeybush just to sweeten it up a little bit of ice.

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