Russian Caravan Tea
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Around 80% of the Russian population drinks Tea. Our Russian Caravan Tea, meanwhile, showcases some of the most sought-after qualities of Tea in Russia. Similar in profile and character to Lapsang Souchong, Russian Caravan Tea is a smoked loose leaf Black Tea. For those adept in the making of Russian Caravan Tea, it is worth noting that this particular blend of China, Formosa and Indian (Darjeeling) Tea is suitable for brewing in a samovar, which is a traditional so-called "Tea-urn".
Most importantly, our Russian Caravan Tea is a highly aromatic and soft-tasting brew perfect for cold winter days looking out of a frost-bitten window. It continues to increase in popularity not only in Russia but also around the world, and will make a perfect addition to your very own Tea collection.
The history of Tea in Russia dates back hundreds of years. Russian Caravan Tea, in particular, owes its origins to the Sino-Russian trade route established during the late 17th Century. During this period, large quantities of Tea travelled from China to Russia via long and perilous routes spanning over 10,000 kilometres. Many caravans ventured through the southern borders of Odessa, a route known for its moist air and climate which, in turn, affected the quality of the Tea leaves being carried.
As such, a viable alternative to this route was travelling through Siberia, which insured the integrity of the Tea owing to its colder and drier climate. However, at night when the temperature cooled dramatically, men and camels rested by the sides of snow-covered roads to warm by fires. Subsequently, parcels of Tea found too close to the fire eventually absorbed the strong smoky notes of the flames. Though some may have first thought it ruined, it actually turned out that Russians enjoyed the flavour of the Tea, describing it as comforting and reminiscent of good tobacco.
Will our Russian Caravan Tea be a great comfort to you, too? If you're already a fan of Lapsang Souchong, then you're going to absolutely love this flavoursome beverage. It was once called the "accidental Tea", but nowadays, it's great taste is entirely on purpose!
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: China, Formosa (present-day Taiwan) and the Darjeeling district of India.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider a dash of milk or a small dollop of honey; otherwise, serve as it is.
Tasting Notes: Flavoursome but not overpowering, our Russian Caravan Tea offers a surprising smoothness on the palate with a defined smoky aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Like all Teas, Russian Caravan Tea contains an abundance of beneficial antioxidants capable of combating free radicals in the body. Because Russian Caravan Tea is a Black Tea, the two main antioxidants are theaflavin and thearubigin. These antioxidants ultimately slow down the harmful effects of natural human oxidation, which in turn reduces the risks of developing a multitude of chronic conditions, namely cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.
Furthermore, Russian Caravan Tea can boost the metabolism, helping the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently; enhance cognitive function, reducing the risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer's Disease; and even improve oral health, giving you something to smile about throughout your day! What more could you possibly want from your morning cuppa'?
TypeBlack Tea, Blends
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening