Where the leaves are from
The leaves that make up a serving of Russian Caravan come from lots of different regions in China, and are produced in various ways.
Oolong is grown in and around the Wuyi Mountains and is produced in a unique manner, this tea is withered under the strong sun and oxidises until the leaves twist and curl up giving oolong it’s unique look.
Keemun comes from the Anhui province in Qimen County and is one of, if not the most widely used tea throughout the world. It’s blended with most common teas due to its well-balanced flavour.
And finally, Lapsang Souchong also comes from the Wuyi Mountains and is thought to be the very first black tea enjoyed as a drink. The distinct smoky flavour of Lapsang Souchong comes from the drying stage of its production - the leaves are dried over fires made from the pinewood in the region.
The Story of Russian Caravan
Although the tea leaves used in Russian Caravan come from China, the name refers to the 18th century camel caravans that travelled the huge transcontinental distances to bring tea from China to Europe, the journey would take the travellers through Russia covering roughly six thousand miles in total.
The conditions for most of the six month voyage were harsh, and it’s said that the tea leaves would take on an additional smoky taste as a result of all the campfires lit along the way.
Achieving the best brew
For best results when preparing some delicious Russian Caravan, follow these simple steps:
Use fresh, clean water to help develop the flavour, and ideally, brew it in a teapot.
Warm the pot or infuser first with boiled water, swirl it around and rinse it out ready to be filled again. Use one heaped teaspoon of loose tea per person and one for the pot. This ensures the best results, but of course, add more if you prefer a stronger flavour.
We recommend that you allow loose tea to brew for up to seven minutes. The general rule is that the larger the leaf, the longer the brewing time and the best times are advised on our packaging. Russian Caravan in particular needs around 2-5 minutes. Try not to let the tea brew for too long in any case, as it can result in a bitter, oily taste.
Loose tea in general should typically be enjoyed without adding milk or sugar, but this is of course down to your own personal preference.