Russian Caravan

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The peaty single-malt Scotch of teas! This smoked, full-bodied black tea is a lighter version of Lapsang Souchong. Pair with spicy Chinese, Korean, or Thai food. Also makes an incredible iced tea alongside smoked barbecue.

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  • 1 heaping tsp per 8 oz of water, 212°F, 4-5 min

    • While Lapsang Souchong has long been a popular smoked black tea, its heavy campfire-notes are too strong for some
    • Russian Caravan is a nice balance of those deeply smoky notes of a Lapsang, and the natural malty briskness of an unflavored Chinese black tea
    • Smoked teas like this one are created by the choice of heating element during their processing: burning firewood
    • Icing this tea mitigates its smoky flavor and allows it to pair beautifully with any fare that has a note of smoke
    • According to tea lore, this tea resulted from the accidental proximity of a tea factory and a forest fire. The nearby pine forest had caught fire, and waves of smoke found their way through the factory's doors and windows, and to the processed piles of black tea
    • Processed tea has 97% of its moisture removed and readily absorbs nearby aromas
    • Tea from the Wuyi Mountain area of China is often heated with pine wood and absorbs a bit of the smoke in the process
    • Spicy breakfast sausage or bacon
    • Any dish with wild mushrooms or truffles
    • Blue or any other pungent cheese
    • Spicy Chinese, Thai, Korean or Indian cuisine
    • Pulled pork
    • Pepper steak
    • Wild Game
    • Indian rice pudding
  • Chinese, Fujian Province black tea, scented with pine smoke

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