Your Guide to Russian Caravan Tea
A malty tea blend that tastes of travel through the cold winters of Russia to your cuppa. Russian Caravan Tea is love at first sight for any tea lover who values the taste and flavour of sweetness and smokiness. It contains Oolong Tea, Lapsang Souchong and Keemun Black Tea.
What is Russian Caravan tea?
Russian Caravan is a blend that has no specific birthplace.. Instead its taste comes from the travels of camel caravans during the times of the ancient tea trade. It makes a delightful leaf tea – great for those rainy days.
Why is it called Russian Caravan tea?
Russian Caravan was created on the road by a Russian camel caravan (Russian caravan? Get it?).
They imported multiple teas from China, India and other countries along the trading routes to European Russia via camel caravans. Whilst on their voyage through Mongolia on the route towards Russia the caravan discovered something. Due to the colder climates of the areas it went through the teas became more moisturised in its packaging and accidentally took form as an entirely new blend. Merchants from numerous regions clamoured to buy this new type of tea at a higher price because of its risky journey which rewarded its unique flavour. Although it isn’t worth as many gold doubloons as it used to be, this tea’s quality never changed and it’s still renowned all over the world.
What is Russian black tea?
Russia is home to its own unique tea culture. Funny shaped teapots, unique cups and some strange hats make up a lot of this style. But this tea wasn’t a common commodity in Russia. It was a luxurious delicacy only for the most prestigious of nobles. But as times changed and tea became more common, Russian Caravan was introduced to the public and is now considered the traditional Russian tea.
What does it taste like?
Russian Caravan is a calm aurora of flavour that encompasses multiple tastes. Its tea leaves are infused with quality Keemun that resonates with cocoa flavours to make you feel warm and cozy inside and out. The warmth and smokiness of an open hearth can be felt by the essence of Lapsang dotted throughout. And like any black tea, it pairs wonderful with a dash of cream and with a sprinkle of sugar to accompany its dark chocolate taste.
But how does this delightful concoction make it to your favourite tea mug?
Tea in Russian is called Chay (чай) and comes from the Cantonese word for tea: Chai!
How is Russian Caravan tea blended?
Russian Caravan is blended as a light afternoon tea through a delicate process. The teas are blended in large blending drums of varying quantities depending on the intended strength of the tea. In the case of Russian Caravan…
Lapsang Souchong, Oolong and Keemun are put together and left to permeate. These blends allow the leaves to achieve a unique aroma to create entirely new flavours. The scents then emanate perfectly from the leaf tea that the final product becomes.
How do you drink Russian Caravan Tea?
Russian Caravan averages around 27-35 mg of caffeine per cup. Making it a good choice for those who like to have late night tea drinking sessions or those who are a tad caffeine sensitive. That doesn’t mean you can’t have it as a breakfast tea though as it works perfectly with a little or large splash of milk from your fridge!
Did you know?
Despite the name, Russian Caravan is actually a mix of Chinese teas. The two countries must’ve had quite the relationship when it came to shipping teas.
How do you brew Russian Caravan tea?
- Bring some fresh water to the boil. The quantity depends on how much tea you plan to brew. Once done, place it into your tea pot.
- Take the loose leaf tea and place in your preferred quantity. Add as much as you like! But our preference is 1 teaspoon per 250ml of tea. Once the leaves are in teapot the process has already started.
- Please keep in mind that these instructions still apply if you have made your own tea bags.
- Wait for 5-7 minutes for the leaves to infuse into the water. Take this time to find a nice snack to accompany your beverage or maybe you’ve got a newspaper article to read. Whatever the activity, once you’re done you can…
- Serve your tea! Use a strainer or similar tool to stop the tea leaves from falling straight into the cup (unless that’s your thing) and pour your preferred quantity. Add a little sugar, milk, cream or whatever the kids are doing these days.
- Drink up and reap the rewards of your hard work!