Russian Country

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3 ratings
Picture of Russian Country
Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Russian Caravan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Russian Country

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

A blend of four teas along with an additional touch of Lapsang, this is a softer version of Smoky Lapsang Souchong. This tea is reminiscent of the teas that were carried by camel across the Asian deserts to Russia. As Norwood Pratt quips: "the only choice was one hump or two."

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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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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 a traditional Russian Caravan style blend that both smells lovely (like a LS, but mulled with more traditional black tea scents) and has a taste to match.

It's also really inexpensive. I didn't feel bad for going through 8oz of it in less than a month.
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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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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 tried this tea, served to me in a sachet at a local coffee shop. And it was delicious. I steeped it for about four minutes in slightly-below boiling water. Yes, it is smoky, but not overpowering. It is smooth and throat coating and seems to make the world look warmer. It holds up nicely in a second steep and lacks all bitterness.

If smoky isn't your thing, then don't bother. But if you're smoky-positive or smoky-curious, then you should try this tea.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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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 there flavor that’s not artificial at all.

When I’m drinking this I find myself hoping for a little spice or something – it feels like that’s missing here, even though it wasn’t really supposed to be spicy. The smell is great and pops as soon as I put the tea in the water.

It’s a good blend that’s a breakfast tea but not really for strong Lapsang fans looking for that kick by itself. For some reason this also has a slight fishy taste to me in every sip. Not sure if it’s just this batch or what, I don’t see that as a note for anyone else but it’s definitely there for me.

Next brew I’ll experiment with a stronger steep. A nice wakeup feel from this one!
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