Camels in Russian caravans carried tea from China across the vast Siberian desert to Moscow, a round trip of 12,000 miles that took sixteen months. The tea was compressed into tight bricks and slung over the backs of camels. The desert days were hot but the nights were bitterly cold, and the beasts would cozy up to the green-wood campfires, imparting a subtle smokiness to the tea. The Czar loved the smoky brew.
Our Churchmouse Russian Caravan continues the tradition with a lightly smoky, delicately delicious blend. Though not everyone's cup of tea, it is only one-tenth as smoky as a Lapsang Souchong, so it's a great way to warm up to the world of smoked teas.