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drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
2355 tasting notes

I got this because I was missing my Russian tea from the Covent Tea Garden. It smells smoky in the tin but not overwhelmingly so.

There is a bit of lapsang blended in this tea. It has a slightly smoky flavor but is very slight so it reminds me of the Scottish Breakfast blend from Peet’s I like so much. This is an easy one to drink plain. I am finding it smooth and mellow with not a lot of astringency. It’s true this tea is a bit on the lighter side so I might try a 5 or 6 minute steep next time. I found it very enjoyable, nice for the morning time. I wonder what else is in here, someone mentioned keemun perhaps. It isn’t as sweet or intense as the Baker Street Blend or Hu Kwa for sure, but whatever it is, I like it…

I used to not be a fan of smoky teas at all, I guess they are growing on me a bit. I do find the lapsang blends to be less intimidating than a straight lapsang.

Update: I did try this with soymik and I don’t recommend it that way, seems a lot better plain.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I wasn’t wild about this one, but they used to have a really great one called Wuyi Shan Lapsang. Shame they don’t sell it anymore. But Baker Street can take its place!

TeaBrat

I liked Baker Street too but this is better for the morning time, IMO. :)

Scott B

Hearing long saxophone solos right now!
I bought a Russian Caravan last year at the Loose Leaf Lounge in Chicago and it tasted like it was 100% Lapsang.. Maybe “Russian” is perceived as a better term for marketing?

TeaBrat

I didn’t know what the connection was between Russian caravans and lapsang but evidently it has its’ own wiki entry – for the curious here’s the link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Caravan

The DJBooth

Sounds great!

ScottTeaMan

Yes I like Baker St, but haven’t tried this one. Sometimes Keemuns can be a lil smokey.

ashmanra

Thanks for the link! Interesting!

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ashmanra

I wasn’t wild about this one, but they used to have a really great one called Wuyi Shan Lapsang. Shame they don’t sell it anymore. But Baker Street can take its place!

TeaBrat

I liked Baker Street too but this is better for the morning time, IMO. :)

Scott B

Hearing long saxophone solos right now!
I bought a Russian Caravan last year at the Loose Leaf Lounge in Chicago and it tasted like it was 100% Lapsang.. Maybe “Russian” is perceived as a better term for marketing?

TeaBrat

I didn’t know what the connection was between Russian caravans and lapsang but evidently it has its’ own wiki entry – for the curious here’s the link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Caravan

The DJBooth

Sounds great!

ScottTeaMan

Yes I like Baker St, but haven’t tried this one. Sometimes Keemuns can be a lil smokey.

ashmanra

Thanks for the link! Interesting!

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