This popular, lightly smoked black tea blend originated in the 18th century as something of an accident. As traders carried sacks of tea on a 6,000 mile journey across Russia on their way to bring tea from China to Europe, it is speculated that the campfires added a smokey quality to the original black teas that has become so much a part of the character of Russian Caravan teas. Now, master tea blenders blend Chinese black tea with smokey Lapsang Souchong to create a robust black tea with just a whiff of smoke to ward off the chill on winter mornings.
Our Russian Caravan is blended from top Chinese teas in the assertive and slightly smoky style favored by the Russians for centuries. Full bodied and strong with flavors of dried fruits, tobacco and spice, Russian Caravan is excellent hot or iced and stands up very well to a bit of milk and honey.
We recommend Russian Caravan to lovers of Irish Breakfast tea, for its similar lightly smoked flavor profile. For tea drinkers who enjoy an even smokier tea, don't miss our gorgeous Cedar-smoked Lapsang Souchong!
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