Russian Blend

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cherry, Cherry Wood, Smoke
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Edit tea info Last updated by ifjuly
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “My Capital Tea order arrived Friday (well, actually more like Tuesday, but it was in mail jail and I knew there’d be more mail jail slips coming—my carrier changed routes and the new one is more...” Read full tasting note
  • “I had packed this one up in a travel mug for another long long day out in the world. To me, and this is my first cup mind, it tastes of subtle smoke with hints of dark cherry, as if the idea...” Read full tasting note
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From Capital Tea Ltd.

A popular blend of leaf grade brisk Chinese black teas and Lapsang Souchong with an added touch of bergamot oil.

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My Capital Tea order arrived Friday (well, actually more like Tuesday, but it was in mail jail and I knew there’d be more mail jail slips coming—my carrier changed routes and the new one is more cautious :(—so I waited ’til Friday to pick everything up at once)! A shoutout to Dexter3657, because the samples she sent my way in her amazing swapbox blew my mind and acted as the catalyst for checking them out. Thank you!

I took this out yesterday to do Saturday morning errands. It’s quite upfront smoky, and as you sip through the smoke settles and asserts itself as a barbecue smokehouse-type aroma (could be a subtle result of the citrus of the bergamot combining with the smoke, brightening it and preventing it from being too fireplace ash musty, who knows). The floral aspect from the bergamot is tucked away gently in the back, definitely present but not so strong as to clash. I liked it! Not a combo you see every day. This can go nicely in my little stable of “meditative afternoon smoke break” teas, alongside stuff like Upton Imports Baker Street, Harney and Sons Russian Country, Della Terra Professor Grey, Verdant Earl of Anxi, STEAp Shoppe Smoky Mountain STEAp, etc.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

I only have A&D Caravan which is fabulous

ifjuly

I have yet to crack mine open even though I’ve had it for months now! Ha. I guess I superstitiously believe it’ll somehow be its tightest sealed and freshest if I wait. Doesn’t really make sense though.

Samovar’s got one called Tolstoy’s Sip too. That one is is very tricky though…

boychik

I find their tins very tightly sealed so I need to use a butter knife to open. Maybe it’s my tiny fingers I have to blame;)

ifjuly

oh, me too! that’s why my waiting is probably silly. (: my tea measuring spoon has a curved metal end that’s perfect for both prying open the canisters and tamping them back shut. great tins!

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I had packed this one up in a travel mug for another long long day out in the world. To me, and this is my first cup mind, it tastes of subtle smoke with hints of dark cherry, as if the idea were to imitate the Eastern European approach to drinking strong black tea: with a spoon or two of thick cherry preserve alongside your tiny glass of tea to alternate between the intense sweetness of one and the intense savoury punch of the other. The base is lighter than I had expected though perhaps this is to do with my brief steeping.

When I got home and checked the tea description, I was surprised to discover that bergamot flavours this tea. Well, hey, first impressions and all. I’ll need to give a proper review during my next proper sipping.

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Did you buy this at the fair? I didn’t know RC had the blerg in it. Always thought it was a blend with Lapsang, for those who want a milder smokey tea

Evol Ving Ness

Nope, I bought this during my most recent order. If you recall, I do have an obsession with their Vanilla Black and a few others, so I tend to throw a few surprise teas into my order when I replenish my supply of standards. Also, I like the owners, lovely people who do a fine job in appreciating their clients.

Indigobloom

Yes I couldn’t agree more!! I adore the owners. I have a tradition of buying Assams from them every tea festival

Evol Ving Ness

Nice work. Support what you want to see more of. <——someone said this, not me, but I am too lazy to google at the mo.

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, the rest of my comment disappeared. I had said that the above is someone else’s words but I am too lazy to google.

Evol Ving Ness

ie. “Support what you want to see more of.”

Indigobloom

That’s a good quote! Hate it when comments vamoose. Ack!

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe it is celebrate rather than support.

Indigobloom

Either one works for me :)

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