Russian Caravan

Such a tasty tea. Go get some. It doesn’t taste strongly like lapsang souchong, so don’t be deterred by that at all. It’s much tastier, bolder and more flavorful than its components. 

Russian Caravan is a blend of oolong, keemun, and lapsang souchong teas, all produced from Camellia sinensis[1] the Chinese tea plant. It is described as an aromatic and full-bodied tea with a sweet, malty taste. Although a Chinese tea,[2] its name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated the transcontinental tea trade from tea-producing areas (namely India, Ceylon and China) to Europe via Russia. “It took at least half a year to make the six-thousand-mile journey from the Chinese border to Russia, and the voyage was harsh.”[3] Some varieties do not include lapsang souchong, thus having a less smoky flavor.[4]

Tweets about tea

I wanted to blog last night about Strong Fire Oolong but I forgot. It’s a tea you can steep 4 or 5 times according to the tea store dude.

Tonight’s tea at the moment is Japanese Sencha, which frankly smells quite vegetative but tastes delicious. Like most of my tea, I put sugar in it. But less than I used to. Ok, not really. But at home, pouring sugar is less of a preoccupation than when I’m out for whatever reason. Maybe because I’m better at preparing my own portions here?

I ordered some Tra Que Chai which was one of my favorites this summer. Herbal blends and such are nice for when you use a portable press (like I do at work) because then you can keep them without having to worry about the annoyance of steeping, cleaning everything out and then drinking. For what that’s worth. 

What are your favorite teas right now?