Russian Caravan

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A classic smoked black tea, made with a blend of Keemun, Lapsang and Assam. Russian Caravan is not actually from Russia, however it was made popular along the trade 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 enroute 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.

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During the Czar's time tea was the most important drink after vodka. In fact, even today the tradition continues as Russia and the CIS 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.

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 than other black teas.

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, lapsang souchong,

Origin:

India, China

A classic smoked black tea, made with a blend of Keemun, Lapsang and Assam. Russian Caravan is not actually from Russia, however it was made popular along the trade 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 enroute 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.

Extra Info:

During the Czar's time tea was the most important drink after vodka. In fact, even today the tradition continues as Russia and the CIS 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.

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 than other black teas.

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, lapsang souchong,

Origin:

India, China

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6/16/2012

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
2/10/2011

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
2/7/2011

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
10/9/2015

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)

(1)

5 Stars
3/28/2015

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

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2/24/2016

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
5/4/2016

Great product and excellent service!

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5 Stars
1/13/2018

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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5 Stars
8/28/2010

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
2/17/2015

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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