russian country (3 reviews)
A blend of four teas along with an additional touch of Lapsang, this is a softer version of Smoky Lapsang Souchong. This tea is reminiscent of the teas that were carried by camel across the Asian deserts to Russia. As Norwood Pratt quips: "the only choice was one hump or two." Dry Leaves: A variety of dark brown leaves, the larger ones being Lapsang Souchong. Liquor: The liquor is a medium brown. Aroma: The aroma has distinguished smokey notes from the Lapsang Souchong. Caffeine Level: Caffeinated Body: This is a medium bodied tea. The full bodied teas of Keemun, Assam, and Ceylon are lightened by the Formosa Oolong and Lapsang Souchong. Flavors: The base teas have notes of muted malt, citrus, and stewed peaches, however all that is over-powered by the smokey aromas. Brewing Time: 4 to 5 minutes Brewing Temperature: 212° F
This is like a less 'in your face' version of Lapsang. It's nice, especially with some honey. It's good steeped in hot apple cider for an extra treat, too.