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drank Russian Blend by Samovar
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Now this is a tea to start your day! Yes the does start off smoky (and strongly smoky) but rounds off to other non smoky tea flavors. And even though sometimes I may let it steep for >5 minutes, still does not taste bitter or astringent…

Now my daughter tried this one and prior to tasting said," Mom, this smells like beef jerky!" but after she tasted, “Hmmm,,,this does not taste like beef jerky. Wow! This is good….”

One problem- As I am new to world of smoky teas and based on the reviews, I may have been spoiled early by this excellent blend …

Doulton

I have yet to try Samovar’s Russian Blend, but I’ve sampled many excellent Russian or Lapsang Souchongs. They are all a bit different and some are decidedly stronger than others—although for many reasons a weaker smoke might be more appealing to people. Good for your daughter!

Lori

Definitely it was open-minded of my daughter to even try this tea…
Yes some are stronger than others- I had a sample of Russian Caravan from Upton Teas and the smoke was more like a waft than anything….I will add this sample to the package I am sending you tomorrow…

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Doulton

I have yet to try Samovar’s Russian Blend, but I’ve sampled many excellent Russian or Lapsang Souchongs. They are all a bit different and some are decidedly stronger than others—although for many reasons a weaker smoke might be more appealing to people. Good for your daughter!

Lori

Definitely it was open-minded of my daughter to even try this tea…
Yes some are stronger than others- I had a sample of Russian Caravan from Upton Teas and the smoke was more like a waft than anything….I will add this sample to the package I am sending you tomorrow…

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Just a few months ago the only tea I drank was hot lipton tea at work, an occasional mint tea, and sweet iced tea.. Then my daughter got me some loose leaf teas for Christmas and then, my tea addiction began…..

And what better way to get lots of dessert flavors w/o the calories?

I prefer my tea with a tinge of sugar. Is that cheating? But to me , the combination of sugar and tea is like salt and cooking- both bring out the natural flavors.

My tea drinking has evolved into a set routine: a breakfast blend in the AM, some flavored blacks during the day, late afternoon or evening flavored green/white, herbal (usually spicy, chai inspired) at night.

Not into unflavored greens/whites yet. Just started appreciating unflavored blacks and am thinking that smoky teas may become my favorite…
When I am not drinking tea, I am working as an engineer, reading, watching some of the better TV shows (like Damages and Breaking Bad), practicing my yoga, cooking, gardening, and spoiling my two miniature poodles (Coco and Timmy)…

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