Thursday, February 10, 2011

Russian Caravan

If you like your tea strong with lots of flavour then Russian Caravan definitely hits the spot every time. Russian Caravan has a distinctive smoky aroma which comes from blending Lapsang Souchong with deep Chinese red teas. It is best drunk black but I have to admit to enjoying mine with a splash of milk.
Although a blend of Chinese teas, its name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that carried cargoes of tea and spices 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 along the Silk Road from the Chinese border to Russia, and the voyage was harsh. This tea pays homage to that journey.

Tea has such a rich and noble history which extends back five thousand years. It was such a precious commodity that was usually only enjoyed by Emperors, Kings and royalty. Today it is the second most popular drink, after water, and two billion cups of tea are drunk around the world every day. We are so lucky that this wonderful drink is now so readily available and that we can all enjoy the benefits and virtues of tea.  

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