Russian Bonfire

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Chinese Keemun Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Safflower
Flavors
Fruity, Jam, Malt, Smoke
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “It’s rather chilly here, so after I had my one cup of coffee this morning I decided to have some hot tea. I told myself that I should drink something that was already open, but I’ve3 been wanting...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Added a little cream to this and I am loving it! I really like the bold yet smooth smoke flavor and I can pick up a little on the jam like flavors as well that really add a nice touch to this tea....” Read full tasting note
  • “This sample seems like an appropriate choice for my 666th note (current politics aside, my family also escaped the Soviet Union back in the day so I’ll rarely miss an opportunity to take a dig at...” Read full tasting note
  • “Very good! I love Lapsang Souchong tea so I wanted to give this one a try. It’s not as smokey as my straight Lapsang, but for fans of this type of tea who don’t care for heavy smoke this should be...” Read full tasting note
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From A Quarter to Tea

Russian Bonfire is our take on a Russian Caravan tea. During the time of Czar, chest of tea would travel on camelback from China to Moscow. This tea was famous for the smoky smell of the campfire it would absorb along the journey.

Our version is sweet and jammy with a rich smoky flavor that pairs well with the darker muscatel notes of the Castleton Darjeeling. Blended with a flourish of petals to add dryness and look like those iconic bonfires.

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It’s rather chilly here, so after I had my one cup of coffee this morning I decided to have some hot tea. I told myself that I should drink something that was already open, but I’ve3 been wanting to try this one since it arrived a few weeks ago. I’ve never really liked smoky teas until I tried a couple from 52Teas.

The smoke here seems a bit lighter. That may be because I don’t have my sense of smell right now. It’s a very nice tea I won’t have any trouble finishing the ounce I got. But I think I like my smoky teas with additional flavoring.

I am moving October 27. I have spoken to my brother multiple times about going off on his mini vacations. He hasn’t been home 5 days in a row since last April. He doesn’t care, so I signed my lease on Friday. I will be home with Mom one evening evening a week, and for a 4 hour block on either Saturday or Sunday.

I am so much looking forward to being on my own again. Right now making tea is a chore.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Praying for you and your family.

Maddy Barone

Thank you. My mom was an RN at a nursing home for many many years. One of her old co workers is retiring Dec 7 and she will be coming over during the day three days a week to look after mom. I still feel a little guilty. But I can;t wait to sleep through a night. And drink tea, of course! ;)

gmathis

There’s just a limit to what a body can do. I’m glad you have reinforcements on the way!

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Added a little cream to this and I am loving it! I really like the bold yet smooth smoke flavor and I can pick up a little on the jam like flavors as well that really add a nice touch to this tea. It tastes really well balanced and I’m hoping it is good for at least one resteep because I could drink this all day!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This sample seems like an appropriate choice for my 666th note (current politics aside, my family also escaped the Soviet Union back in the day so I’ll rarely miss an opportunity to take a dig at Russia – come at me, bots). Unfortunately, I really dislike smoky teas so I’m mostly in this for the pun. I only steeped it for three minutes – the lower end of the recommended time – in hopes of cutting down on the smoky flavor. It didn’t work. All I can taste is the lapsang souchong smokiness. Maybe a hint of berry in the aftertaste? I tried adding a splash of rice milk, which successfully toned down the smokiness to a level that I’m comfortable drinking, but I still can’t make out any other flavors. I just don’t think this tea is for me. It’s not a knock on the tea; I just don’t enjoy smoky teas and can’t get past that here.

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Very good! I love Lapsang Souchong tea so I wanted to give this one a try. It’s not as smokey as my straight Lapsang, but for fans of this type of tea who don’t care for heavy smoke this should be perfect. It’s incredibly smooth with a light fruit undertaste (as the website states, a bit jammy). The smell is also great – not heavy on the smoke smell but it’s there.

Flavors: Fruity, Jam, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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