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Russian Caravan Tea
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What IS Russian Caravan Tea?
Made from a signature blend of Chinese black tea, Lapsang Souchong, and Formosa Oolong, this Russian Caravan Tea is bursting with flavor. But the most unique aspect of this tea is its smoky overtones. Russian Caravan Tea dates back to the 1700s when trade was slow and the environment made an impact on the items being transported.
As tea was moved from China across to Russia in wooden chests carried by camel, the traders would stop and make camp along the way. Each stop meant campfires for cooking and keeping warm. The smoke from these fires would permeate the wooden chests, leaving the blended tea with the extra smoky flavor that has made Russian Caravan Tea nearly as popular as Russian vodka.
🐫 Tea traveled along the Tea Road 🐫
How did tea end up in Russia to begin with?
In the early 1600s, the ruler of Mongolia, Allyun-Khan, gifted a chest of tea to Tsar Michael Fedorovich. This was the beginning of a long-standing trade agreement between the two nations. In the beginning, tea was considered only for the very rich. This changed over time, much like coffee.
The tea traveled a great distance to Russia from China, around 6,000 miles! Being carried in great chests by camel, the tea was constantly subject to the environment. Similar to the Monsooned Malabar coffee, the tea leaves became transformed by the smoky conditions of the traveler camps. This unique tea became the expectation and has been passed on through the generations to what we enjoy today.
🔥 Smoke from campfires gave the tea a unique flavor 🔥
How is Russian Caravan Tea made today?
Since tea no longer needs to be transported by camel over thousands of miles, how do we recreate the conditions that made Russian Caravan Tea to being with? It is actually the blend of teas that makes our tea taste similar to the original tea. The Lapsang Souchong, which is placed in bamboo baskets and hung over smoldering fires, is what gives our Russian Caravan Tea its signature smoky flavor.
Try this exotic tea today. To enjoy, steep with freshly boiled water for 3 to 4 minutes. Add your favorite sweetener--honey is a great choice--and, if you like, a splash of milk. This unique tea will be an unforgettable addition to your teatime.
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This unique tea is certain to become a favorite in your household.