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Wikipedia: Russian_Caravan 
Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 

About Russian Caravan

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Russian caravan tea, sometimes just called caravan tea, or other names involving "Russian", is a blend of black teas that involves lapsang souchong blended with other black tea. The name refers to a style of tea that was transported by caravan from China through Mongolia and into Russia, starting in the late 1600's.[1] The other types of black tea used in the blend are virtually endless, and commonly include such teas as Assam, Keemun, or Darjeeling. Russian caravan sometimes contains oolong tea as well; because most modern blends do not contain oolong, and because the oolong tends to be of a darker character and does not appreciably change this tea from having a black-tea-like character, we have chosen to list this blend as a style of black tea.

Lapsang souchong imparts a smoky aroma to the tea, and the resulting blend is usually quite smoky. Typically the other teas used in the blend have a stronger quality than the Lapsang souchong, which tends to be a mellow, smooth tea with a low caffeine content. The resulting blends typically are more caffeinated, more bitter, and less smoky than Lapsang souchong on its own.

Because both Lapsang souchong and the other black teas used to create the Russian caravan blend come in many different grades and qualities, Russian caravan itself comes in many different grades and has widely variable quality.

References:

1. Stash Caravan Tea, Retrieved Dec. 3, 2009.

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Russian Country from Harney and Sons

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend
May. 11th, 2018

Now, I'm biased. I love me some Lapsang Souchong, which as I gather, is relatively unusual. I love it so much that I'll drink it straight. I love the woodiness of it, and the campfire-like smell to it.

Russian Country, however, is a step up. While it doesn't have as much of that lovely flavour profile of a LS, it's ...

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47 / 100
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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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83 / 100
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Russian Country from Harney and Sons

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend
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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53 / 100
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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.

Brew...

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97 / 100
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Caravan Triad from Brooklyn Tea Blends

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: China
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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Brand:Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd
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Brand:Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)
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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Russian Caravan
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
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