Caravan Black Tea
- 8 grams makes 3-4 cups
- 25 grams makes 10-15 cups
- 50 grams makes 20-25 cups
- 100 grams makes 45-50 cups
- 1 pound loose makes 180-200 cups
Our Caravan tea is a dark, robust tea with a distinct smoky flavor which is reminiscent of the "Russian Caravan" teas of the past.
In 1618, the Chinese ambassador presented several chests of tea as a gift to Czar Alexis. Just 70 years later in 1689, Russia and China signed the Treaty of Nerchinsk to establish a common border so that regular camel caravans could transport hundreds of pounds of tea via Mongolia. The caravans followed one of the longest and most difficult overland routes the world has ever known. The entire trip from China to Russia was 11,000 miles and took 16 months. After the Trans-Siberian Railway was completed in 1905, the trip took only seven weeks and the mighty caravans faded into history.
Two grades of tea were transported by the Russian caravans. The first was a very low grade leaf, powdered and then pressed into bricks. The second, referred to as "Russian Caravan Tea" was a very high grade black tea which the Russians carried overland in order to prevent its deterioration from a long ocean voyage. The Russians liked their tea very strong with a deep rich color and robust aftertaste. Stash Tea makes its version of Caravan tea by blending smoky Lapsang Souchong with hardy Keemun, both from China.
Lapsang Souchong comes from the Fujian province of China. It is a very distinctive tea with an exotic smoky flavor. After plucking, the leaves are withered over cypress or pine wood fires. After the rolling process, they are placed into wooden barrels until they begin to emit their own pleasant aroma. As a final step they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on racks over smoky pine fires where they dry and absorb the essence of the smoke.
China Keemun has narrow, tightly twisted black leaves that brew a brilliant reddish-brown cup with a light, toasty flavor.
Blended black teas, lapsang souchong
3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit
Cups to Grams
- Variant: 100 g loose
- SKU: 153180
I drink this most mornings. Love the flavor with the hint of Lapsang-Soochong. A good relaxing wake up tea. Ordering more soon.
I have been buying Caravan for over 15 years. I usually buy 10 to 20 bags in each order and that can make storage a real problem. Unfortunately, it isn't available in a larger size container.
Taste is as described, "a dark, robust tea with a distinct smoky flavor".
Caravan is the first loose tea I ever purchased about 25 years ago, and everything else just pales in comparison. If you are looking for a smooth, robust, smoky flavor buy this tea. I have shopped brick and mortar stores looking for something comparable, and come up empty-handed; the blending of lapsang souchong with China Keemun black tea is the perfect marriage. It is strong, but I love stronger and more flavorful blends. If someone would like to recommend something, I'll take suggestions, but PLEASE try Caravan if you haven't. It's a cup of heaven in my opinion.
I love the flavor of Lapsang Souchong better than I can spell it. After trying numerous recipes to mix my own good Russian Caravan Tea, I tried Stash Caravan Black Tea and I was happy! The Lapsang Souchong flavor is certainly present and the hearty black tea taste is a fine vehicle for the smokey character. So long as I imagine a smokey campfire out of cell range, I probably will keep trying to create my own, but I am perfectly content with the Stash Caravan Black Tea and mutton burgers on a sort of flat rock.
Very smooth, nice smokey flavor-but not overpowering. Very enjoyable as my mid morning pick me up at work. I do add a touch of cream and sugar as that's just the way I was raised drinking tea.