9 Tasting Notes
I cannot begin to say how GOOD this is! It was an impulse addition to my order and I am so glad I gave into the impulse. Soothing, rich, interesting, rounded . . . it is both comforting and somehow “sophisticated.”
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cloves, Dry Grass, Smooth
Vodka may be #1, but I will take this over it any day, any time, anywhere. A wonderful tea that both demands your attention and provides quiet companionship that does not intrude. I love the smoky quality of a good Russian Caravan and this one definitely does not disappoint. It’s balanced.
A package of this was included as a bit of laignappe in my most recent Upton order. I am partial to Yunnan teas; that slight taste of the “earth” is appealing. This was a lovely example . . .not too much smoke. A round and slightly sweet taste that is perfect for a cold afternoon with a handful of Dang;s fabulous Toasted Coconut Chips (Caramel Sea Salt flavor).
Not sublime, but very nice mid-afternoon with a slice of pound cake or a bread-and-butter sandwich made with whole meal bread. It needs a bit more than 1 tsp per 8 ounces of water I think. I wouldn’t steep for more than 5 minutes in order to avoid it turning bitter. A lovely color in the cup.