Russian Blend Black Tea - Organic

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Brand:Samovar Tea Lounge
Style:Russian Caravan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Russian Blend Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Sep. 21, 2011

Commercial Description

Smoky, strong, sweet, fruity, caffeine-loaded and certain to warm and to wake. In traditional Russian style. Take a trip across the globe with each brew. Sit with Tolstoy’s words, "Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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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 considered a Chinese black tea, it is often a blend of Oolong, Lapsang Souchong and Indian teas (Assam, Dajeeling). It is one of the first teas that brought me into the fold, brewed up dark and strong, then thinned with water in the tradition of using a Samovar.

This blend by Samovar Tea Lounge is really different in that they blend a Lychee Black tea with Lapsang Souchong to get a very fragrant tea that is both smoky and fruity. It may sound awful, but it truly tastes very nice. Low acidity, but strong and bold flavor. The dry leaves smell primarily of the Lychee, but the smoky flavor really comes forward in the brew.

If you are willing to take a bit of an adventure, and enjoy smoky teas, this one is quite an exotic journey.
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