13 Tasting Notes


I had a bunch of this tea that expired 3 years ago, but I still decided to try it out. Very aromatic raw, didn’t seem to have lost much of its aroma. The brew takes long, but is pretty fine, can be drunk unsweetened. Haven’t tried it sweetened, I might – but with another brand.

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Certainly better than their Lapsang Souchong, the extra teas blended in make it way more well-rounded. The taste is pleasant and campy. Though this tea is known for its “kick”, it seemed light to me. I sort of felt like a traveller relaxing around a campfire in the middle of a cold forest.

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The unprepared tea smells very strong, and I can’t really say it’s pleasant. Once prepared, the drink itself smells pleasing, but the taste is quite different – somewhat weak, actually. One can definitely feel the smokiness, but it is subtle. Not many other flavors, to be honest.

Eh, not very balanced overall, their Russian Caravan is superior.

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I almost always take my tea straight – no milk or sugar. In rare circumstances I might add milk if the tea is too strong/bitter or sugar if I think it will complement the taste.

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