REVIEW: Tea People – Russian Caravan


Tea: Blend of Chinese Keemun, Lapsang Souchong and Formosa Oolong
Sample provided by: Tea People
Twitter: @TeaPeopleLtd
Facebook: Tea People
Link to Russian Caravan

For those of us in the London area, summer has been cut short by the arrival of much cooler days and nights. But not all is bad news, as this is ideal weather for drinking even more tea. One tea that I crave when the air turns autumnal is Russian Caravan, so I was extremely pleased when a sample pouch of this tea showed up in the post. There is something about the smoky flavour of this tea that goes well with rainy, dark, cool mornings and afternoons.

Dry leaf:

– The mixture of the different types of tea gives this dry leaf an abundant amount of colours and shapes: there are green, tightly rolled oolong leaves blended with long, twisted black leaves

– It has a moderate smoky aroma – not overpowering

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a copper-coloured liquor with a smoky aroma

– It is a smooth, medium-bodied tea with a smoky flavour


– Infuse this tea for three minutes with 90 to 95C water. Try with milk or lemon

– I always consider two main factors when judging Russian Caravan teas: 1) the strength of the smokiness; 2) the aftertaste of the smoke flavour (which seems, I think, to indicate quality). For me, this tea has the right amount of smokiness. I like a good hum of smoky flavour, but I don’t want to feel like I just ate a cigar. The smoky aftertaste of the tea is also spot on. It doesn’t taste artificial, nor does it linger in my mouth for unusual amount of time

– I find that Russian Caravans and Lapsang Souchongs are one-dimensional teas: bold smoky flavour, but lacking in other character – even the addition of oolong teas, I think, do not change its flavour profile. Some people might like adding milk to Russian Caravans, but I do not like the smoky-milk mix. One addition I really like, though, is to add a little lemon to Russian Caravan. I find that it lifts the liquor and gives it a bit more character. Give it a try with this tea



Retail price: 100 gram pouch for £5.95 / 125 gram caddy for £8.95 / 500 grams for £20.80. Also available in pyramid tea bags


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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