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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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TB60: Russian Caravan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 29th, 2015

A disappointing blend from a company that usually impresses me with their black teas. The one thing this tea had going for it though was that it was hearty and warming.

Dry leaf doesn't wow me, it has a mild, almost stale smell.

Upon brewing though, becomes much more pleasant. Aroma is oolong-like, like a dark,...

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Bobby Glanville

(4 reviews)
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Russian Country from Harney and Sons

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 5th, 2015

I like smoked paprika (keep the sweet kind away from me.) I like smoked brisket. I like campfires. I like tea.

I thought I'd like Lapsang. But it was just too smoky. A co-worker and tea genius made some for me and I tried it but then yelped, turned tail, and felt a deep shame.

So I had a lot on the line when I t...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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TB75: Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2015

The dry leaf of this just smells like Lapsang Souchong. It also has an ununusual, hetereogeneous shape. One tea, presumably the souchong, has very long, wiry leaves, whereas the others are much shorter. This makes me wonder if the leaves would separate if stored in a large container and shaken around enough.

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Caravan Triad from Brooklyn Tea Blends

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2015

This tea was singular, and was not only the best Russian Caravan blend I've sampled, but one of the best of any blended teas I've ever tried. Incredibly complex, and eminently pleasing to drink. Brooklyn Tea Blends compares this to single malt scotch, and I definitely see the connection; it even has some of the uniqu...

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Lupiressmoon

(22 reviews)
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Russian Country from Harney and Sons

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2015


A very good tea from Harney & Sons. I’m a recent convert to Lapsang, so was excited to see the description of this one blended with that tea for a smoother version.

It is smoky but slightly, and all the teas blend together to make a smooth, smooth tea that has no bitterness, no astringency, and a subtle but very...

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teafilmmaker

(1 review)
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Russian Caravan from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 2nd, 2014

This tea should be called "Campfire Black." It takes like your are drinking smoke combined with black tea. Depending on the quality of black tea used in this blend, this tea is excellent. If the Assam, for instance, is not top quality, then it can suffer from too much smoke and not enough tannins. Much like a similar ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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TB75: Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2014

Sniffing the dry leaves transport me to a Victorian gentleman's library, blending pipe smoke, polished wood, and a comfy leather chair. It is super evocative! There are also faint flora and muscatel notes, the aroma of the blend is quite delicious.

he taste is rich, smoky and muscatel with a tiny hint of cherry with...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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TB75: Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2014

One of my favorite blends from Upton. The light smokiness in aroma and flavor adds character yet does not overpower the whole leaf base. There is a light sweetness (possibly from the Darjeeling), a light woodiness, and just a touch of malt -- making for an interesting and satisfying brew.

I understand that it makes ...

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Cissy

(9 reviews)
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Russian Caravan from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 26th, 2013

This Russian Caravan is a good choice for people who want smokiness without the full intensity of a Lapsang. It's a good winter morning tea. However, its lack of subtlety caused me to tire of it, and I've taken a break from it for about a year. But it's worth coming back to.

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Russian Blend Black Tea from Samovar Tea Lounge

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 22nd, 2011

This is one of the most unusual "Russian Caravan" type teas I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Its name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated the transcontinental tea trade from tea-producing areas (namely India, Ceylon and China) to Europe via Russia. Although it is primarily considere...

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Bethany

(12 reviews)
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Russian Caravan from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 14th, 2010

This has a nice smoky flavor, but not too smoky - I can't handle full-strength Lapsang Souchong or even Scottish Breakfast, but this one is blended with other teas in a proportion that I find quite drinkable. (I think it's something like 1/4 Lapsang Souchong, but I don't remember for sure.) It's a great rainy-day tea, ...

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