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Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Dates, Floral, Fruity, Tannin, Smoke
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 13 oz / 397 ml

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  • “This stuff smells fab, I must say. Auggy shared it with me, and I only have to read the description to understand why. This stuff sounds right up my alley! It reminds me strongly of the orange...” Read full tasting note
  • “Morning tea on my way to work this morning. This tea is SUCH a delight! The smell of the blood orange is amazing in both the dry leaf and when brewed. As others have noted, I did not get that much...” Read full tasting note
  • “Tea Tally: 363 Hello Steepsterites! No, I hadn’t fallen off the face of the earth so much as I went on a wonderful vacation with Fiance. And I finially got to see Book of Mormon (totally worth it)!...” Read full tasting note
  • “Smoky and blood orange? Sign me up! Though the dry leaf smells fully blood orange – I can’t find any smoke. But it’s a really good and true-to-life blood orange smell so I really can’t find it...” Read full tasting note

From American Tea Room

A regal blend of lightly smoked organic Chinese Black tea and blood orange. A true Russian delight!

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GCTTB Round 6

There was only a cup of this left in the box, and I was intrigued by the name. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was meant to be a subtle nod to Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff. I mean, just reading over the tea information available here on Steepster it’s not blatantly or obviously hinted as such – but the flavour combination of smoke and blood orange seem appropriate to me for Marvel’s Red Headed Assassin so I had to try it and give it a shot with that in mind…

It’s interesting – that’s probably the most straight forward/diplomatic way to put it.

I suppose I’d say that overall I enjoyed it, but the flavours perplexed me a little bit because this is supposed to be a little like a smoked blood orange sort of thing and that didn’t really come across at all? More than anything, I’d say the flavour I picked up on the most was actually ginger? And as an overall flavour combo sort of a sweet candied ginger with fruity but not citrus-y undertones. Strawberry, maybe – but also not really.

Strange overall; but ultimately nice. I don’t know if I’d say it captures the essence of Nat though…


Weird, this was quite smoky and obviously orange-flavoured for me.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I will need to revisit because I got well-caramellized dark cherry.

Evol Ving Ness

^ oh wait. I am thinking Russian Blend by Capital. Nevermind.


Their vanilla black is wonderful and round flavored….thanks for saving me some money on this one!

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138 tasting notes


Second tea is the day. I must say I didn’t smell much from the dry leaf, but the name interested me enough to give it a try. Arbitrary choice, I know, but I don’t regret it! It’s a full bodied, slightly smoky black tea with an earthy aspect. Reminds me of a very mild lapsang souchong. It’s actually quite satisfying, I found myself sighing with contentment.

Evol Ving Ness

Glad that things are looking up. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Interesting that so many of us are drinking smoky things in these cold days.

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22 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

I had no idea what this tea was going in, I just guessed it’d be a smokey russian caravan type tea by the name. In actuality it’s an orange flavoured tea with just the slightest hint of smoke. I’m not super fond of orange flavouring, so I can’t see myself drinking something like this often, but other than that it’s Pretty Okay.

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578 tasting notes

Yep, smoke comes first. Like Lapsang Souchong light. And then, citrus zips along behind it. Delicious.

The scent of my empty tea glass is intoxicating. I would have another, but this last one may have overwhelmed my caffeine limit for the day.

I am totally going to enjoy this with a spoonful of homemade preserves that next time that I need a wow kick in the pants kind of tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Smoke

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

see this one had no smoke for me but was delicious :)

Evol Ving Ness

Totally smoky for me in both scent and flavour. Isn’t that interesting how differently we perceive things?!

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8954 tasting notes

yum. While the description says lightly smoked black base, i’d suggest they just take that descriptor off. There’s no smoke to be found here but there is a delightful blood orange flavour that is spot on. I really like how this one works – i can see this also being a tasty cold brew in summer with a little sweetner. thanks for sharing Evol Ving ness


Funny, I most definitely got the smoke here!


haha maybe i have a higher tolerance? :)


My tastebuds are also ridiculously whiny when it comes to just the slightest hint of smoke haha.

American Tea Room

its is a very light smoke – not like a Lapsang Souchong – and it is awesome iced – add a few Cara Cara Oranges and cold brew for an awesome treat.

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1711 tasting notes

Initially nervous about the smoky base, I almost didn’t get this. It was the blood orange that changed my mind. And I’m glad I did! The dry leaf smells glorious. Very heavy on the orange, not artificial or overly sweet. I appreciate that it is not nearly as smoky as other smoky teas, but it’s ultimately not my thing regardless. Leave the smoke at the door in this household.

While the orange is there, I just feel like I can’t appreciate it as much with the smokiness in the way. That said, if you like smoky teas, check it out. Even people who don’t care for smokiness like me may think this is alright.

American Tea Room

Just so you know the tea is not smoky like a Laspang Souchong – but it is a Chinese Black base with a hint of smokiness – as compared to an Indian or other black tea base that would have a maltier or fruitier base.


Yeah, I know, that’s why I bought it since I knew it wouldn’t be heavily smoky, but it seems like any amount of smoke just isn’t for me.

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3283 tasting notes

After breakfast tea, another generous sample from Boychik.
This is a lightly smokey tea, & by that I mean not really smokey at all, maybe just a hint. Add an overlay of tart & tangy, from the blood orange, & there you have it. :)

Sipdown: Tony took a whiff of this & decided he wanted to try a cup for himself, so I brewed up the rest of it for him. He likes his tea with some of that crystal sugar in it, & I’m happy to report, he said it is “Delicious!”

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150 tasting notes

Nice black -orange combo. Scores high on flavor profile but only medium on depth, which is the main feature I enjoy about blacks. Would benefit from upping the leaf volume per cup. I had to follow this with a cup of Samovar’s Blood Orange Puerh as comparison and found the latter had far more dimension to it, still a favorite despite its ginger component.

Plan is to try adding cocoa shells or nibs to this next time around.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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142 tasting notes

I love it when free samples expand my horizons. I would not have tried this – I don’t love smoky teas and don’t keep many blacks around at all. I happen to have just reviewed yesterday Shang Tea’s Tangerine Blossom though, so this is perfect timing for a comparison. The base tea here really only has a slight smoke, despite the description, and it’s at a level that makes the tea more interesting for me but doesn’t overwhelm. And I have to agree with another reviewer that the citrus notes are more like dried orange than fresh – with just a slight spice to it. Where the tangerine blossom is more delicate bright citrus floral, this has a slight smoky, spicy, fruity flavor. This one is actually quite a bit closer to the Constant Comment profile, though with subtler flavors. I actually really like both this and the Tangerine Blossom, I suppose depending on whether you’re having a winter night by the fire (Romanoff) or breakfast on the balcony (Tangerine Blossom).

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