Russian Samovar Tea

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

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 26, 2013

Commercial Description

A blend of Ceylon, Chinese and Indian teas with the mild notes of smoke and spice favored by the nomads of the Russian Steppes. Its flexibility in the cup makes it ideally suited to service from the icon of Western tea culture, the Samovar.

Brewing Instructions: (from TeaGschwendner)

One heaping teaspoon per 8oz cup of filtered, boiling water. Allow to brew 3 minutes.

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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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A delightful tea that was very easy to appreciate, but had a lot of depth when I paid more attention to it. Thank you to my parents for choosing this tea and giving me a sample!

Dry leaf, which is relatively finely broken, is mildly but very pleasantly aromatic, suggesting a gentle black tea. The smell of the dry leaf reminds me slightly of the Royal Tajiri Tea from Kenya, one of my favorite teas of all time.

Brews a dark-colored cup, with a brisk flavor and full body, yet a lighter aroma. The aroma contains nuances of muscat grape and caramel like some Darjeeling teas, and also has notes of spice and smoke (the smoke is very subtle--if you're used to classic Russian Caravan blends, this is much less smoky). Overall though, the taste and sensations on the palate are more like a Ceylon tea.

Gracefully brews a second cup--similar to and almost as good as the first. The second cup had a suggestion of spearmint in the aroma, which I find surprising as dark black teas rarely exhibit this quality in their aroma. I used boiling water for both, 3 minutes for the first, 5 for the second, with good results.

I thought this tea had a reasonable price. I also can see this appealing to people with a wide range of tastes. It has a well-rounded character and would make a good everday tea, but also has some interesting nuances to appeal more to connoisseurs.

Given this tea's flexibility and ease of brewing, I can see the name and recommendation that this tea would work well for brewing in a Samovar.
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