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Caravan seems to have replaced the Tiger as the morning tea that I crave lately. But don’t tell the Tiger that. I love him too still, and don’t wish to break his heart.

I am beginning to fear that Caravan will be the first tea out of any of the A&D series that I’ll run out of. I don’t mind limited edition teas at all. In fact, there are so many teas out there. Far more teas that I’ll be able to drink in my lifetime. I don’t see myself as being someone who will keep certain teas in stock. I think I will be more of an endlessly sampling new teas and comparing type tea drinker. But I fear I may want more Caravan once I’m out. Or something similar and smokey. Perhaps Caravan is the beginning of a love affair with smokey teas. How surprising to me this is.

I should comment that I added a touch of milk to the 2nd steep and it was just meh. I probably wouldn’t do it again.

2nd steep: 6 min. Ended up preferring a 2nd steep at 6 min rather than 7 min.

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Bumped up the rating to be right behind the Tiger (and Jackee and Thomas).

Rabs

So you may be falling for smoky teas, eh? You’ve begun to fall under their smoky spell? Mwahahahaaaa::cough, cough, gasp::

Er, glad to hear it! If you want to explore more, then I highly recommend Upton’s Black Dragon – the one that both Doulton and I adore. Is so yummy!

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lol Yes, I may be falling for the smokey teas, all brooding and such. And I’ve noticed positive tealogs for the Black Dragon. On to the SL it goes.

A question I’ve been meaning to ask The Smokey Tea Lovers Club is where does Caravan fall on the smokey tea scale? Just how smokey is a lapsang?

I thought Jackee was really smokey at first. None not so much. Same with Caravan.

Rabs

I personally consider Caravan being medium-ish. But it’s such a different sort of smoke than the handful of LSes I’ve had. It’s deeper and mellower. So far Adagio’s LS is utterly smoky: a fragrant campfire. It’s the one I keep very very separate from other teas (and that’s just the little sampler tin). But perhaps someone else who’s had a much wider range of LSes could weigh in and give you a better idea.

I think that Black Dragon really is the perfect tea to see if you want to go the LS route. I think that it’s only a few steps up from Caravan and leans more toward the mellow side than the campfire! aspects of other LSes. Hope that helps!

Auggy

Ditto to what Rabs said. I think Caravan falls on the medium side of things, too, though it is smoother than some. Samovar’s Lapsang Souchong is heavier and has a bit of tarry taste (and is great with some milk), Golden Moon’s LS is on the milder side (and is sweeter with no tarry taste), Republic of Tea’s LS is somewhat in between with a heavier body and smoky taste but not as smooth as Caravan (and a little heavier).

I think (based on descriptions on TeaSpring’s site) that the higher quality LS tend to be smoother and sweeter.

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Thanks you guys. That’s quite helpful to know. If Caravan’s right in the middle of the smokey tea range, I could prolly go 2/3 – 3/4 smokey. I dunno about 100% smokey. I think I’d have to work my way up to it.

Rabs

You’re very welcome. :) I look forward to reading more about your continued smoky tea journey!

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Bumped up the rating to be right behind the Tiger (and Jackee and Thomas).

Rabs

So you may be falling for smoky teas, eh? You’ve begun to fall under their smoky spell? Mwahahahaaaa::cough, cough, gasp::

Er, glad to hear it! If you want to explore more, then I highly recommend Upton’s Black Dragon – the one that both Doulton and I adore. Is so yummy!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

lol Yes, I may be falling for the smokey teas, all brooding and such. And I’ve noticed positive tealogs for the Black Dragon. On to the SL it goes.

A question I’ve been meaning to ask The Smokey Tea Lovers Club is where does Caravan fall on the smokey tea scale? Just how smokey is a lapsang?

I thought Jackee was really smokey at first. None not so much. Same with Caravan.

Rabs

I personally consider Caravan being medium-ish. But it’s such a different sort of smoke than the handful of LSes I’ve had. It’s deeper and mellower. So far Adagio’s LS is utterly smoky: a fragrant campfire. It’s the one I keep very very separate from other teas (and that’s just the little sampler tin). But perhaps someone else who’s had a much wider range of LSes could weigh in and give you a better idea.

I think that Black Dragon really is the perfect tea to see if you want to go the LS route. I think that it’s only a few steps up from Caravan and leans more toward the mellow side than the campfire! aspects of other LSes. Hope that helps!

Auggy

Ditto to what Rabs said. I think Caravan falls on the medium side of things, too, though it is smoother than some. Samovar’s Lapsang Souchong is heavier and has a bit of tarry taste (and is great with some milk), Golden Moon’s LS is on the milder side (and is sweeter with no tarry taste), Republic of Tea’s LS is somewhat in between with a heavier body and smoky taste but not as smooth as Caravan (and a little heavier).

I think (based on descriptions on TeaSpring’s site) that the higher quality LS tend to be smoother and sweeter.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thanks you guys. That’s quite helpful to know. If Caravan’s right in the middle of the smokey tea range, I could prolly go 2/3 – 3/4 smokey. I dunno about 100% smokey. I think I’d have to work my way up to it.

Rabs

You’re very welcome. :) I look forward to reading more about your continued smoky tea journey!

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

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2 – neutral
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