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My first of any Russian Caravan, so I can only compare it to itself. The Keemun is delightful and accented nicely by the gentle smokiness of the Lapsang. I wanted a second cup right away. Thanks to ashmanra for the generous sample.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Smoke

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

They sell this at A Southern Season, and you will be in Chapel Hill soon…:)

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As a coffee drinker, I preferred single-origin, freshly roasted coffees. Not being a snobby purist in any way, I tried many, many coffees that didn’t fit that bill…that’s how I know my preference.

The same is happening with tea. I have discovered single-estate teas are my preference. There are blends I enjoy, and I have several teas with organic or herbal additives, but for the most part, I lean toward something more pure with a flavor I don’t have to hunt for.

After drinking several Assam blends and truly enjoying their unique bursts of flavor, a good friend (ashmanra) sent me a tin of this pure Assam from Grace Rare Teas and suggested I’d like it. She was right!

These leaves yield a beautiful copper cup with all the flavor you’d expect from an Assam tea, but somehow more mellow. While I typically add milk to Assam blends, it’s absolutely unnecessary with this tea.

If you’re an Irish Breakfast fan, try this! You might find out you’re really a fan of Assam tea. I did.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Grace loved this one, and I thought it had Comm Guy written all over.

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drank Russian Caravan by Grace Rare Tea
123 tasting notes

Slight smokiness from the Lapsang, chocolate from the keemun, and also some floral flavors but the aftertaste is sharp and leaves my mouth dry almost. Interesting but not my favorite Russian Caravan.

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Winey Keemun by Grace Rare Tea
2298 tasting notes

This is a lovely Keemun tea. Not astringent, nice and strong for a morning eye-opener, but doesn’t knock you down and take your lunch money. One of my favorite Keemuns, I think I may like this even better than Hao Ya A.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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