Russian Caravan

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 oz / 225 ml

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  • “I discovered an old tin of this while I was clearing out some of my clutter. It was almost full! I have no idea when I bought it, but I know it hasn’t been available in the States for a long...” Read full tasting note
  • “I was in the ED today and found a box of this in the breakroom. It swells smoky dry. I used water from the zip kettle so it was boiling and maybe even a little superheated. I brewed it for...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve been drinking this quite steadily at work these past few days. The mornings have got pretty cold, and this is just the tea I need to get the day started once I arrive. I know there’s some...” Read full tasting note
  • “Twinings Russian Caravan has been my everyday “quaffing” tea for many years. It has a smooth but robust flavour that is perfect for any time of day. It doesn’t leave your palate feeling bitter,...” Read full tasting note

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Russian Caravan tea is not in fact a tea grown in Russia, but a Chinese tea. Until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 the way of tea from China to Europe had been long and arduous. Tea could be shipped by sea, which was a four month trip with an inevitable loss of quality. Alternatively it could be taken by land, which could take up to 16 months across Middle Asia with much less loss of quality.

Russian Caravan tea originated from the land journey on a camel caravan and in the process the tea would become scented by the nightly campfires. Historically, Russian Caravan tea was the most important drink after vodka in Russia and was the blend cherished by the Russian aristocracy!

Twinings Russian Caravan tea is a fragrant blend of Keemun and other fine China teas producing a delicate nutty flavour that is easy on the palate.

As a robust, full bodied blend, this tea will serve you well after the silly season as a filling tea to drink instead of snacking on left over Christmas cake. Also, how appropriate at this time of year that Russian caravan pairs well with your barbecued meats, as it shares the same lightly smoked characteristic.

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19 Tasting Notes

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I’m usually much more of a fan of green teas, but this is great. Mellow, not bitter at all, could almost be described as sweet. I had it without sugar or milk. My only suggestion is it could use some more smokiness.

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I love this tea. Like many bloggers this tea got me started along with Twinings Darjeeling..Russian Caravan is no longer available in the US. Which is a pity.

However, the Twinings Australia website does carry it, I have written to them to ask if they will ship to the US?

Perhaps they will and then I will be very happy again.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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Absolutely love this tea. It’s exotic with a lot of complex notes (wood smoke, nuts), but really uplifting and hearty.

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Tried this tonight. It’s not bad… but it’s not very exciting. The tea doesn’t have an overly smoky flavour, and whilst this may not necessarily a bad thing, there is little else to excite the palate. There is no interesting aftertaste – it’s a touch thin. Overall – not bad, but leaves one wanting to try a really special Russian Caravan blend.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This is the only tea I EVER threw away after trying a cup. It is very smokey flavored, obscuring any tea flavor. Russian Caravan tea must be an acquired taste!

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The greatest black tea I have ever had. Really delicious. Smokey and a little sweet on its own. Perfect for an afternoon tea party with milk (or almond or soy milk) and sugar. Very fragrant. Also good black.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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Wonderful Keemun blend that has a nice deep, smoky but also flowery flavor. Complex and rich. One of my favorites at the end of a long day.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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