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Russian Caravan Loose Tea Pouch

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$4.23 RRP $8.47

Item Code: 271247 / Net weight: 125g / 4.41oz

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Our famous Russian Caravan takes its name from the camel-drawn caravans which slowly traversed the ancient trade routes through Russia, taking this tea on an arduous journey from China to the tea tables of Europe. A century in the making, this tea was one of our very first blends, created from a selection of Yunnan teas with a dash of Darjeeling and a sprinkling of Lapsang Souchong for a soupçon of campfire smokiness.

  • Origin


  • Tastes like

    Sweet, smoky and malty

  • When to drink

    As an autumnal breakfast brew


Brew the perfect cup

Ideally warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Use one teaspoon (around 2g) per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be drunk with or without milk.

A note from Whittard

“I always grind my own coffee, so I tend to go for the largest, glossiest beans – mainly for the look. The giant Guatemala Elephant beans are my favourite, and I love a chocolatey roast…”

- Victoria, Manchester Market Street Store Manager


Ever since our founder Walter Whittard weighed out tea leaves behind his high mahogany counter, we’ve been experimenting with our own inventive blends. The Chinese were the first to try blending tea leaves with fruits and flowers and it takes time, skill and imagination to master the art. It’s all about creating the perfect balance of flavours: we blind taste at least 20 different variations before settling on the perfect recipe. Just as some musicians have perfect pitch, an expert tea blender needs to have some pretty perceptive tastebuds…

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We’re confident that you’ll love our products as much as we do. Our Taste Guarantee means that if anything fails to meet your expectations you can return for an exchange or full refund – just remember to enclose the original receipt if you're returning it by post or popping in store. That way you're free to try something new, without the risk of disappointment.

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* * * - - Russian Caravan Loose Leaf Tea by Paul Cosgriff on 25th February 2015

It's OK but not strong on flavour, even when brewed for longer. No wonder it's expensive - the box and packaging were 10 times the size of the pouch and yet there was plenty of stock at my local shop, so postage could have been avoided with click and collect.

* * * * * Pleasant surprise by Jane Merlin on 20th May 2014

Decided to try some new teas, and this was one. I have totally fallen in love with it. Usually drink it without milk, it tastes far better that way. Having got addicted to it I will certainly be buying this again.

* * - - - RCaravan by Globalhawk on 11th May 2014

As an avid fan of Whittard's black teas, I was expecting an interesting blend. Unfortunately, this tea is rather bland, with no flavour to speak of, even when brewed extensively.

* * * * * Great tea by Megan Morcombe on 15th September 2013

I love the smokiness of this tea. It is lovely, full-bodied & a great way to kick-start the day & chase away Winter blues with thoughts of adventure and travel.

* * * * - Great starter for the day by Mary Bradshaw on 3rd September 2013

We have become totally addicted to the lovely smoky flavour of Russian caravan tea first thing in the morning, you can nearly hear the camel bells and feel the morning chill by a campfire! Yes an exaggeration but seriously, a very pleasing kick start to the morning.

* - - - - weak by harper on 10th May 2013

Really looked forward to trying this so called strong traditional tea. Has to be the weakest tea I have ever tried! I say tried because it was so awful I had to throw the rest away. Might as well of drank a cup of hot water. Completely tasteless. What a massive let down!

* - - - - Russian Caravan by Dave Ball on 26th July 2012

Weak, insipid, tasteless. Hugely disappointing.

* * * * - Russian Caravan by Nick Luck on 12th February 2012

Have been a fan of Russian Caravan for many years. Latest batch is has smaller/more broken leaves than any I have bought before. It still tastes good, though it brews/stews more quickly. It is also very much more expensive. Whatever happened to discounts for bulk purchase?

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