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This is John Harney's take on a classic tea blend. The tea of China that was exported (a small portion) went by boat south- eastward from Canton to Europe. The other route was to follow the silk road to the north west to Russia. The teas that went through Russia were plain and they had to survive many months through searing deserts on the backs of camels and mules. No wonder the Russians sweetened their tea with raspberry jam.
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

Russian Country

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."
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."
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Russian Country - loose tea sample
SKU: 49008-078
$2.00
Russian Country - loose 4 oz tin
SKU: 44271
$6.50
Russian Country - loose 7 oz tin
SKU: 48084
$10.75
Russian Country - 50 sachet bag
SKU: 50509
$19.00
Russian Country - loose 1 lb bag
SKU: 41676
$20.00

Quick Overview

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."

Customer Reviews

Jodi

7/10/15

Any Time of Day
Average Review:

When I first tasted this tea, I said to myself, 'this will be a wonderful tea to drink on a cold winter afternoon!' And so it was and is. But, then, one morning after I had rearranged the order of my tins of tea in the cabinet, my husband fixed a pot of tea for me. He reached to the usual place where I kept my breakfast tea and pulled out instead this Russian Country, unbeknownst to him. Well, wonderful!!! I found out through that unintentional mistake, that this tea is simply scrumptious in the morning any time of year as well as on a cold winter afternoon. Now, I enjoy it all the time, anytime I want a real treat. I love it!!

Macca

11/10/14

Astounding
Average Review:

Until now Hao Ya "B" had been my favorite tea. I had tried Lapsang Suchong and was put off by the strength of the wood fire taste and smell. Then I tried this with a spot of sugar and I was over the moon. I simply can't believe how deep and smooth this tea tastes. I don't like overly astringent teas, so this one hits me perfectly. The bit of smokiness is perfect. Just enough to be there but not totally overpowering. I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes Keemun teas and is intrigued by Lapsang Suchong.

Caro

10/30/14

Too smokey
Average Review:

I like single malts, smoked foods, and the smell of burning leaves, but I agree with Harney's own observation that the smoky aroma of this tea overwhelms all else. I tried blending it with a more conventional breakfast blend of Keemuns and Assams in a 1:1 ratio and the result was more palatable, but Ceylon notes were undetectable. The components of this blend should make a great breakfast brew in the right proportions, IMHO, but this tea is one that I will not buy again.

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