Sunday, December 11, 2022

Tea Review: Russian Caravan (Pippa's Real Tea/Cafe Tenby)

Russian Caravan
Pippa's Real Tea/Cafe Tenby
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: China
Product Description:
A smooth blend with a hint of woodsmoke.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry blend has a sweet smoky aroma.

The copper red infusion has a deeply smoky aroma.  The taste is smooth, smoky, and almost sweet with a long smoky finish.

While steeping for 3 minutes produced a cup of tea that was bold, heavily smoky and mildly astringent, I most enjoyed the results from a 2 minute steep which was smooth and smoky and nicely balanced.  The best flavor was in the first two infusions.  I've had the pleasure of drinking this blend with Afternoon Tea at Pippa's Real Tea a few years ago and remember that it paired very well with the sweets and savories.  After Pippa sold the tea room in 2019, I thought I might not get to enjoy her blends again, so I was delighted to learn that she continues to offer her tea through Cafe Tenby.

This tea was purchased by me.

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