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Named for the 18th century camel caravans that transported teas to Europe from as far-reaching areas as India, China and Ceylon, via Russia, Russian Caravan is a pure China Black tea, made from a wonderful blend of oolong, keemun and lapsang souchong. Offering bold flavours, with a hint of Assam, Russian Caravan produces excellent strong, rich teas.
Our Russian Caravan blend is mixed with a lighter amount of Lapsang Souchong than some others on the market, in order to achieve what we consider to be a great balance of flavours. If you're looking for a strong, smokey tea, we'd recommend our 100% Lapsang Souchong.
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Your Guide to Russian Caravan Tea
The name derives from the caravans of camels that transported teas during the 18th century. These caravans travelled along the Ancient Tea Horse Road from places such as China and India, via Russia, to bring new and exotic teas to European countries. Russian Caravan is a bold, flavoursome tea that offers hints of smokiness, a smooth, mellow aftertaste and a full-bodied finish.
The History of Russian Caravan Tea
Tea is believed to have first been introduced to Russia in 1638, when Tsar Michael Fedorovich was delivered a gift of tea from Mongolian ruler Altyum-Khan. After the signing of the Treaty of Nerchinsk in 1689, Russians were able to trade in Chinese markets for a wide range of commodities, including tea. During this time, tea was transported to Europe via camel caravans along a part of the Silk Road known as the Tea Horse Road, travelling from countries such as China and India, via Russia. It was during this journey that the tea leaves took on the smoky characteristics that Russian Caravan became known for; nearby campfires, and the damp atmosphere of the Mongolian steppe region, caused leaves to absorb the surrounding smoke and take on the unique flavour. Today, this flavour is reproduced in Russian Caravan black tea through the addition of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea leaves. Along with Lapsang Souchong, Oolong and Keemun teas were combined to create Russian Caravan tea as it is known today.
How Russian Caravan Tea is Produced
Russian Caravan loose leaf tea is made from a combination of three Chinese teas: Oolong, Keemun and Lapsang Souchong. Oolong, a semi-oxidized tea, is produced through a process whereby the plant is withered under the sun, which causes the partial oxidation and curling of the leaves. This process is repeated until the required browning and bruising of the leaves is achieved. Keemun is a black Chinese leaf tea sourced from the Qimen County of Huangshan City, while Lapsang Souchong, which gives Russian Caravan tea its characteristic smoky flavours, is produced through a process of oxidation and smoking: after being withered in the sun, or in a heating room, the Lapsang Souchong leaves are laid out on bamboo above wood fires, before being rolled, pan-fired, re-rolled and finally dried in bamboo sieves over smouldering pinewood fires.
Reviews of Russian Caravan Tea
Below is a selection of comments from customers who have enjoyed our top-class Russian Caravan Tea:
“A uniquely delicious blend with a wonderful depth of flavour, packed to perfection and delivered within days. Tea Direct are the go to Company for quality teas.”
Jaci W. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“An old favourite with me”
Greville R. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“We love this tea. After trying it at a friends house we were instant converts, and it's completely replaced earl grey now!”
Nik C. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Excellent flavour of Lapsang and Russian Caravan. Drink them without milk and they are delicious. Excellent service from tea-direct too.”
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What Does Russian Caravan Tea Taste Like?
The flavours of Tea-Direct’s smoky Russian Caravan tea are created through the well-balanced blend of Oolong, Keemun and Lapsang Souchong teas, which results in a wonderfully full-bodied drink that displays complex, woody notes, sweet, malty flavours and tobacco-like overtones.
Oolong offers deep raisin and ripe fruit aromas, lingering sweet flavours and smooth, fruity notes, while Keemun displays lovely delicate fruity aromas and a subtly floral fragrance. Lapsang Souchong, applied to our blend in a slightly lighter amount than certain other blends, offers distinct smoky aromas and tastes that are created from methods used during the drying process. The complex woody notes that result from this process excellently emulate the effects of the smouldering campfires that were lit during those epic journeys along the Tea Horse Road.
How Should I Prepare Russian Caravan Loose Leaf Tea?
Russian Caravan loose leaf tea is best made with freshly boiled water, preferably filtered or bottled. Warm a teapot or an infuser with boiled water and carefully rinse it a few times. Use one rounded teaspoon per person and allow the leaves to steep for between 3-5 minutes, until the tea is a delightful copper colour. Russian Caravan is delicious without milk, but it can also be enjoyed with a drop of milk, a slice of lemon, or even sugar and honey to taste.
Where Can I Buy the Best Russian Caravan Tea?
If you’re looking for the best Russian Caravan loose tea, Tea-Direct has a fine, high quality variety available, made with a lighter amount of Lapsang Souchong than some others on the market, giving a great balance of strong, smoky flavours.