Smokey Russian Caravan
Our exotic gold award winning blend of Russian Caravan is made up of China and Indian black teas taking inspiration from the Silk Road trading routes from centuries gone by.
Our blend is a delicious road to travel down, evoking the images of the long journey this tea would have taken. Using age old flavours of a bold black tea with hints of smokiness like passing through a smoldering alpine forest, courtesy of the Lapsang Souchong blend. This is tea with a sense of adventure!
A blend of black leaf Keemun, Assam, Darjeeling and Tarry Lapsang Souchong
There are many myths and legends surrounding the history and origin of this tea. Although this is a Chinese tea, its name is thought to have originated from the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated the transcontinental tea trade from teaproducing areas (namely India, Ceylon and China) to Europe via Russia. In the early 1800s Russian Caravan was simply a varietal but it evolved from its original flavour identity to become a blend in the late 1800s when tea-blending was exploding as an industry and new blends created and it became the established stronger slightly smoky version we know and love today. Its smoky flavour comes from containing a partial amount of Lapsang Souchong, the most famous Chinese black teas. which undergoes a complex drying process of double smoking over pine or cypress wood fires.