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Russian Caravan Tea

Russian Caravan is a blend of lapsang souchong with assam black tea. Lapsang souchong tea leaves are dried in bamboo baskets over pine fires. The Russian Caravan is a medium strong tea that has a smoky aroma and a hint of malt flavor. This tea is perfect for dinner parties.

Historically, the Russian Caravan tea was the most important drink after vodka in Russia. During the time of the Czars, chest of tea would travel on camel back from China to Moscow. This tea was famous for the smoky smell of the campfire it would absorb along the journey.

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Review Summary
32 Reviews
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91% Recommend this product (29 of 32 responses)
By Joy
Nortonville, Kentucky
May 26, 2019
Love the smokiness
Great in the winter time as a hot tea.
By Bill
November 4, 2018
A good somewhat smoky black tea
For years I drank Russian Caravan tea from Peet’s. In the course of their selling themselves to a large company they eliminated many of their teas and lost me as a customer. I started purchasing ‘Russian Caravan’ from Enjoying Tea at that time and have been very happy with this tea. Russian Caravan has a smoky flavor, but not overwhelmingly smoky like Lapsang. My understanding is it is a blend of Assam, Lapsang, and other black teas.
By alex
belleville, AR
February 3, 2018
not bad at all
it's Smokey tea not bad maybe a little strong for some I like to mix it with Honey Bush makes a nice after dinner tea
By Susan
December 27, 2017
A taste of Lapsang Souchong with out being Overpowered
I love this tea for a change in the everyday ordinary. It has a lovely smoky flavor but is not overpowering like 100% Lapsang Souchong. If you have not tried it, give it a whirl!
By StarDragonfly Herb Company
Winnsboro, Texas
November 7, 2015
Russian Caravan
Excellent tea. Love the milder smokey flavor. Will definitely reorder!
By Kay T.
Great Falls, MT
October 29, 2015
Whew! This is really robust, smoky, very strong.
This one doesn't hold back anything. If you like a good strong tea, this is for you.
By Earl
New York
August 8, 2015
Nice and smoky
Arrived on time, well packaged, upon opening I got that nice smoky aroma that Russian Caravan tea is noted for.
I like to steep it for 3 minutes after pouring in boiling water and pouring it out again, then pouring in water just below boiling.
I really like this tea.
By Roger
West Des Moines, IA
April 9, 2015
Russian Caravan Tea
Good product and good service.
By Janet Stanhewicz
Fairfield, CT
January 26, 2015
Love it!
I have loved Russian caravan since i had it in a tea room in Savannah. Yours is the only place i can find it now.
By Craiger
Spokane, WA
November 28, 2014
Smokey & delicious!
This is a great value for Russian Caravan. I drink smokey Scotch, and love smokey tea. This is my everyday tea, once I've had my morning coffee.
By Andrew
October 17, 2014
Good Taste
I Enjoy this tea very much. good price and it was delivered quickly. Going to purchase more of this brand
By Earl
July 31, 2014
Russian caravan tea
This is excellent tea, full bodied, with a nice aroma.
It is also well packaged.
By Bob
November 26, 2013
Russian Tea
Very good quality, taste as good as the best Russian Teas
By Steve
Washington DC
October 3, 2013
Strong and Adventurous
I bought this tea because of the name; it conjured up visions of sharing tea by the fire after an arduous day of trekking. When I first opened the bag, it smelled like a campfire and was overpowering. The first few cups were a little tentative but now, having made peace, it's one of my favorites. Definitely an acquired taste but worth the journey.
By Beverly
Sequim, WA
July 18, 2013
Russian Caravan
This tea is very robust and flavorful. Perfect for hot tea in the winter and exceptional for iced tea in the summer.
By Chris
Evanston IL
June 28, 2013
Excellent flavor.
This is our favorite tea, putting breakfast teas and earl greys off the raar for us.
By Gayla
Atlanta, GA
May 30, 2013
Russian Caravan Tea
This tea has a strong personality -- rich, smoky and assertive. I love this tea, but not a single one of my friends so far like it as much as I do. Do not over brew, as the tea quickly becomes bitter. This is tea for those who love a very strong, smoky flavor.
By Sue Ellen Vincent
Longmont, CO
May 2, 2013
Not sure what this means
Love the tea and the teapot, everything I was hoping to be and more!!!
By Roger Srinnett
carthage, MO
February 13, 2013
Great tea !!!!!
By Mindy
Long Island, NY
February 7, 2013
hoping for a little more smoke.
Absolutely love lapsong souchang tea so thought this would be good to try. A lovely, well-balanced tea but not quite enough of the smoke I seek.
Santa Cruz, CA
November 17, 2012
Lovely Russian Caravan
I enjoy the smokey flavor of the Russian Caravan Tea.
Lovely in the late afternoon or evening.
By ehj3
eastcoast usa
November 8, 2012
Lapsang Souchong 'lite'
this is a mix of regular black tea and the smoky-- to say the least--lapsang souchong which is definitely an acquired taste. now i can, in one caddy, have a black teas i enjoy and can share.
By Alex
Los Angeles
September 18, 2012
some may find it great
Taste preferences are very diverse. I thought this would be a great tea after seeing it mentioned in a spy story as the best tea in Russia. It is a strong black tea. However, this tea is smoked, which gives it a special and a very strong taste not typical for most teas. Some may find it great but not me or my family members. And it is definitely not typical for Russian teas.
By chris
salem oregon
May 28, 2012
russian caravan
not the best tasting tea, but good enough to drink every day.
By Marte
April 25, 2012
third pound and still sharing
I have been drinking RC tea for about 20 years (back when Twinings sold it in the States in tins). Most US blends are just way too smoky for me. This blend is perfect! I have had many converts to RC when they have tried this blend.
By Mary E Brann
Dove Creek CO
April 10, 2012
Russian Caravan
Had to search for this tea but it was well worth the effort. It has a lovely smoky flavor, a hearty tea perfect to add to your comfort food list.
By Jordan
Hugo, MN
September 16, 2011
Smokey and delicious tea
My Mom and Dad don't like it and tease me and call it ham tea, but i love this tea, probably my favorite black tea. I'm actually drinking a cup right now and it's very smooth smokey and super good!
By Adele
September 10, 2011
Interesting and different
I have been searching for a Russian Caravan tea that was like a local coffee shop used to get. (They don't have it anymore as they only sell fair trade products now.) This doesn't taste like the one I was used to, but it's alright. Like others have said, it is smoky; quite smoky. I wasn't sure I'd like it, the aroma put me off, but I'm becoming accustomed to it. It is interesting and different. I'm slowly learning to try varied teas (although I'll probably never learn to like the fruit-based teas).
By Janae
April 21, 2011
Not for everyone, but I LOVE it!
Lower water temps, higher water temps, I love it all the same. This tea has personality and I adore it. Not one of my friends or family can stand the smell of it, but who doesn't love a campfire?
Actually, it only smells smokey. The taste is more like a puehr or black tea. This gives it multiple levels which make it really interesting. The longer your cup of tea sits, the more the smokey aroma dissipates too. So if it's too smokey for you immediately after brewing, just give it a few minutes or blow on the surface gently to cool it before sipping. Again, I love it, so I do nothing to lose that wonderful aroma.
This tea is a great comfort to me, makes me feel warm and happy inside.
I felt this one was slightly better (only very slightly though) than the Russian Caravan tea also available here.
By shonny
May 8, 2010
Experiment with water temperature
This one and Lapsang Souchong are teas that taste MUCH better when brewed by using water well below boiling. Around 80 - 85 Centigrades (180 - 190F) and you'll find the taste very mellow and pleasant without the tarred rope flavour that come with higher temperatures.
Maybe an acquired taste, but when you get the knack of brewing this one and the Lapsang Souchong you'll really have something to look forward to!
By Geoffrey
Clemson, South Carolina
January 6, 2010
Changed my Life!
This tea really changed how I drink tea. I drink about 3 to 6 cups of tea a day and I really like a variety of tea. This is a really strong different tea. It is very smokey and robust. The first couple of drinks are strong and shocking but after that your taste buds mellow and it is a wonderful taste. I recommend everyone trying this tea at least once.
By Anni
November 23, 2009
This tea is smokey. Like, really really smokey. If you like that sort of tea this is for you. Otherwise it is too overpowering. Mine has sat in the cabinet for almost a year now, I keep it for conversation.

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