About Russian Caravan - Organically Grown Black Tea Blend
Our Russian Caravan is a smoky blend of Lapsang Souchong Chinese Black tea and an Assam BOP. The Russian Caravan tea is named for the trade relationship between China and Russia. Trade between the two empires began centuries ago. Caravans of 300 camels would travel the 11,000 mile journey taking 16 months or longer. The tea in the packs on the camels' backs most certainly aged and absorbed some of the aromas of the journey - one being the smoke from the fires the caravan drivers would make every night to cook their food and keep ferocious animals away.
Contemporary Russian Caravan teas have a smoked black tea in the mix rather than the more historic tradition of the slow exposure to campfire smoke and camel sweat. We add our organic Lapsang Souchong, which comes from the original and legendary Lapsang farm in the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province in China. This tea is of orthodox manufacture and during the process it is smoked over indigenous pine logs. We blend it with a broken leaf, organically grown Assam to make this flavorful blend.
A Few Words On Taste
Smoky aroma and delicate smoky flavor. Good tannic structure and smooth finish. It can be drunk alone or with milk and/or a preferred natural sweetener.
- Fill your kettle with freshly drawn water from the purest available source.
- Heat the water to boiling.
- Measure approximately 1 rounded tsp. of tea per 6-8 ounces of water.
- Place the tea in your preferred brewing vessel: teapot, gaiwan, Yi-Xing pot, filter basket, large tea ball, etc.
- Pour the heated water over the tea and steep for 3-5 minutes
(if a longer time is allowed the tea will become bitter), then
Ingredients: Lapsang Souchong Chinese black tea and Assam, Indian black tea. All organically grown ingredients. Contains caffeine.