I was excited to try this tea as I love a subtle smokey flavor. Russian blends often work well but a full on lapsang souchong can be too much. This tea has a much more delicate flavor then I was expecting. It tastes more like a basic black tea then anything with a smokey flavor. Maybe I can slightly pick up the smoke…nothing to exciting. It’s okay tea, made with good steep time / temp but that’s about all that is going on with this cup
Long before black tea was imported from China and until the end of the 17 century, people living at the time of the czars had been drinking “Smitten’, a brew made with hot water, honey, and herbs. Today, tea is the most popular non-alcoholic drink in Russia. Our black tea blend, not to be confused with the Gruziya tea of former times, is based on an old Russian recipe and is perfectly suitable for being served from a samovar. A highly aromatic and, at the same time, soft tea with a very slight, smoky note.
Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving
Brew Temp: 203 to 212 degree F
Brew Time: 4 to 5 Minutes