Review of Premium Russian Tea

10 of 104 of 54 of 587 of 100
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I have tried most of the tea made by these folks. They are all great. In the green tea , the aroma is what stands out first. I don't know how to describe it but I will say that it is a smooth unfamiliar spice that opens up wonder. The thought of childhood. I will say that it is one of my favorite aromas.

The flavor is solid and doesn't need extras but at the same time not overpowering. Goes great with caviar over butter on rye bread if you are into that kind of thing. I will say that this combination of flavors is something you should put on your bucket list.

The price varies but is marked up double on line. Your best bet is to find a Russian/European marker which can be be found in larger American cities. They all seem to carry this stuff for around $7 for an 8.8oz bag. There you can find the caviar and rye as well.

The down side is that the bag says natural and "artificial" flavors. I looked up the company who makes this tea and was unsuccessful in contacting them to see what artificial means. The website given on the bag leads to some host page which doesn't seem well maintained. I'll be optimistic and say that they probably haven't kept up on the website side of things. Cheers!

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Alex Zorach wrote:
on January 12th, 2015

Hello and welcome to RateTea, and thank you for your first review!

I loved reading your description of Russian/European stores; it is uncannily accurate. I regularly shop at Bell's Market in northeast Philadelphia, and it's exactly what you describe--it's one of the few places I know where I can get this stuff, and it's much cheaper there than online, and like you say, they also have a great selection of rye breads and various fish products. I recently discovered Moyva--like smoked smelt, which can be a bit of a poor man's caviar, since it's a salty smoked fish that is often full of fish roe, and to my undiscerning palate, I don't think I could tell the difference.

I definitely can see this tea pairing well with those foods though. It definitely has what I think of as a prototypical "Russian aesthetic", with the strength and intensity of the spicy and fruity aromas.

Let me know if you have any questions about the website, or about tea! You can reach me through the contact form on this site.

And I look forward to reading more of your reviews!

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