Russian Caravan tea is not in fact a tea grown in Russia, but a Chinese tea. Until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 the way of tea from China to Europe had been long and arduous. Tea could be shipped by sea, which was a four month trip with an inevitable loss of quality. Alternatively it could be taken by land, which could take up to 16 months across Middle Asia with much less loss of quality.
Russian Caravan tea originated from the land journey on a camel caravan and in the process the tea would become scented by the nightly campfires. Historically, Russian Caravan tea was the most important drink after vodka in Russia and was the blend cherished by the Russian aristocracy!
Twinings Russian Caravan tea is a fragrant blend of Keemun and other fine China teas producing a delicate nutty flavour that is easy on the palate.
As a robust, full bodied blend, this tea will serve you well after the silly season as a filling tea to drink instead of snacking on left over Christmas cake. Also, how appropriate at this time of year that Russian caravan pairs well with your barbecued meats, as it shares the same lightly smoked characteristic.