Drunk bare — no milk or sweetener.
I did not think this tea would live up to the hype. I adore a good smokey tea, but too often, the smoke dominates.
So, I was wrong.
Caravan gives off a very strong smoke scent, but the steeped tea is almost sweet. The smoke is an accent, not a bully. There’s a wine-iness too, as you find in some Keemuns. (Keemun in blend?) Also something savoury, almost salty, that excites the sides of the tongue. Finishes clean, though smoke lingers in the mouth.