Russian Caravan Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

SimpleLooseLeaf Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Harmoniously blending the smokiness of Lapsang Souchong, the malty chocolate flavor of Assam and the crisp and smooth flavor of Keemun, “Russian Caravan” is a welcome addition to our family of teas. Best when enjoyed hot, this rich and soothing blend of fine black teas will warm your soul and enliven your mind.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program here.

Taster’s Review:

I bring today’s review with some exciting news:  first, my second box from Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club arrived yesterday!  Yay!  More tea goodness.  I figured I better get busy and write the review for this tea since it’s from last month and now I have more teas to write about!  The second bit of exciting news is that Simple Loose Leaf has a special offer this month only!  Keep reading this review for more details!

For those of you who read my reviews regularly, you are probably aware of my less than enthusiastic feelings for smoky teas.  So, it should probably come as no big surprise that this is the last of the five teas that I’m sampling from last month’s Selection Club box.  But even though I’m not always excited to try a smoky tea, I’m actually enjoying this cup of Russian Caravan Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf.

After a quick rinse of the leaves, I steeped this tea in boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes.  The result is a flavorful cup that is smoky but not so smoky that I’m unable to enjoy the other flavors of the cup.  The smoke level here is what I’d classify as “moderate,” and it melds nicely with the malty notes of the Assam in the blend.  I like the smoky caramel notes that I taste.

I taste the sweet, wine-like notes from the Keemun.  It’s got some “chew” to it – that freshly baked, bready sort of taste.  There is a comforting taste to this tea.  It evokes thoughts of the splendor of autumn, when the leaves are falling and there’s a crisp, cool feeling in the air.  That air smells lightly of the smoke that billows out of the chimneys.  It’s my favorite time of year, and I like how this tea brings those images to mind as I sip it.  A really enjoyable Russian Caravan.  If you’re a fan of smoky teas, you should add this one to your list.

As promised, here are the details about the special offer from Simple Loose Leaf:  Check it out:  This code >> 1DOLLARMONTH << (Just the 1DollarMonth part, these things: >< aren’t part of the code and are only added for emphasis) will enable you to get your first month of the Selection Club Subscription for just $1!  Yeah, you read that right.  Just one dollar!

Wow!  So that means that you can get 1 – 2 ounces of two different loose leaf teas from Simple Loose Leaf’s menu for May … or you can get a sampler size of all five of the teas on the menu for May … for just one dollar!

This offer is good only through the month of April, so if you want to get in on this unbelievable offer (and really … why wouldn’t you?), you should act now.

What a deal!  Be sure to tell the nice folks at Simple Loose Leaf that I sent you there.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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