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Russian Caravan

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What's the link between tea, camels and campfires?

Our famous Russian Caravan takes its name from the camel-drawn caravans which slowly travelled 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, bringing together the rich, malty taste of Assam with the authentic campfire smokiness of Lapsang Souchong from Fujian. We've added high-grown Nepalese tea to balance the smoke-tinged taste with light, bright top notes - all in all, the result is a multi-layered brew with rich, layered tones of spice, sweetness, malt and smoke. It's an old time classic with a real sense of history.
  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin

    Blended

  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Malty, Aromatic, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Complex layers of spice, smoke and malty sweetness

  • Food pairing

    Try pairing this with dark chocolate dipped apricots

  • When to drink

    Divine at dusk and beautiful for breakfast

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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* - - - - Has the blending changed by Brian on 9th June 2016

I've been drinking Russian Caravan tea for over 10 years and some years have been better than others but this year's loose leaf tea is disgusting - I'm just lucky that they only had 400g in the shop otherwise I would have wasted money on 2kgs. The tea bags purchased at the same time have the 'normal' taste of Russian Caravan tea

* * * * - If you could barbecue tea... by Ray Jones on 9th June 2016

I agree with the previous reviewer that the current batch of Russian Caravan has a more smokey aroma than before. However; I do enjoy it and it reminds me of sitting by a camp fire. Lovely tea for drinking outside on a summer's eve. Wonderful smokey aroma but this does not reflect the taste. The taste is rounded and fresh with just a hint of smokiness.

* - - - - Russian Caravan Tea - not as good as it used to be by Frank Baines-Holmes on 4th May 2016

Have been drinking your Russian Caravan Tea for over 5 years and really enjoyed it as a special tea.The last consignment is not the same. It has far more smoke and is missing the rounded maltiy tones that makes it a complete tea. Also the price has been dramatically increased. Great disappointment.

* * * * * Brilliant tea by Anna on 30th November 2015

Strong, but not overwhelming smoky flavour. Beautiful and tasty tea with a difference.

* * * * * Good brew by Dave on 2nd November 2015

I like this tea as my early morning cups... A good strong flavour to start the day. Re the previous review.. Sorry I got mine in store

* * * * * Like it by Ade on 13th October 2015

Bought this in bags when visiting Bath after trying Russian Caravan in a tea room. loved the tea, real shame you cannot get it in store now, and do not see bags as an option online.

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Origin

Blended

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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“I love staging themed afternoon teas, and at the moment I’m trying out some of our more bizarre blends, like Bohemian Raspberry and Blueberry Rooibos!”

- Cianne, Southampton Marlands Store Manager
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