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Caravan Black Tea

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Caravan Black Tea

100 g loose

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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

Steeping Instructions
3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit


Cups to Grams

  • 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

At Stash Tea, our goal is to deliver your purchase in the quickest and most economical way possible. Standard Delivery is shipped via UPS or the U.S. Postal Service.

Rush Delivery orders ship via UPS only and require a street address for delivery. Rush orders are not available for Saturday or Sunday delivery. Rush Delivery is not available to P.O. Boxes, APO/FPO, or Canadian addresses. To ship same day, orders must be received by 8 AM PT.

U.S. Standard Shipping

Orders usually ship in 1-2 business days.

ORDER SUB-TOTAL Standard Shipping
3-8 Business Days
Up to $24.99 $4.95
$25.00 - $49.99 $8.95
Over $50.00 $11.95

U.S. Expedited Shipping

Orders usually ship in 1-2 business days.

ORDER SUB-TOTAL Second Day Shipping
2-3 Business Days
Next Day Shipping
1-2 Business Days
Up to $15.00 $19.45 $35.45
$15.01 - $24.99 $23.95 $43.45
$25.00 - $50.00 $27.95 $48.45
$50.01 - $74.99 $31.95 $53.45
$75.00 - $100.00 $36.95 $62.45
$100.01 - $150.00 $42.95 $69.45
$150.01 - $200.00 $49.95 $76.45
$200.01 - $250.00 $54.95 $83.45
Over $250.00 $59.95 $90.95

Standard U.S. Ground Shipping Schedule

US Delivery Estimate

The Ground Shipment map provided above is a general representation of estimated transit times once a package leaves the Stash Tea warehouse in Tigard, Oregon. Orders usually ship in 2-3 business days. Stash Tea is not responsible for unexpected delays caused by inclement weather or delivery carrier service interruptions. Please call Customer Service at 800-800-8327 if you have any questions or concerns about your order.

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Canada Shipping and Handling

Orders usually ship in 1-2 business days.

ORDER SUB-TOTAL Standard Shipping
Up to 15 Business Days
Up to $49.99 $19.95
$50.00 - $99.99 $34.95
Over $100.00 $49.95

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