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A hearty flavor that peasants and nobles alike can agree is Russian in its essence. 

This four-tea blend shares most common ground, interestingly, with a Lapsang Souchong. Smoky in character and undeniably rich, one might magine that it took such a robust collection to ensure survival across the Asian plains towards Russia.This Chinese blend was an original prized export along the silk road, making its way thousands of miles with dedicated merchants and their pack animals. A plain, strong flavour collection made for, while robust, quite a charged black blend that Russian purveyors found to be the perfect smoke-rich balance for teatime sweets.

The Lapsang Souchong leaves help to fill out the strength at the core of this tea whose underlying flavours can be trying to detect beneath the Lapsang. Russian Country has citric notes, fruit notes, and even the peachy red hints of oolong according to the lesser leaves of the blend. Still, it is undeniably a smoky tea at the end of the day.  

Russian Country's nearly pipe-ready character provides the kind of hearty experience that speaks of survival, long journeys, and the final satisfying arrival of a parcel whose contents hail a sturdy Chinese tisanal.

Base leaf: Black tea.
Health properties: Reported restorative, energy and focus positive.
Flavor strength: Full, smoky. Primary collection is smoke: pine atop cooling oak, citrus, and peach.
Caffeine: Medium.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Susan Gockeler (Victor, US)
Warm and Rich

I love this tea. It is slightly smokey and earthy. I drink it plain but it is also delicious with a splash of 1/2 + 1/2 and sugar. It's one of my favorite teas.

Russian Country and Lapsang Souchong are deep, rich teas. We're so glad you discovered the uniqueness of this tea!

S. (San Antonio, US)
Great Black Tea

I really like this tea. It's simple, but also robust. There's a smoky flavor that comes out the more you brew it. I drink this one almost every morning!

We just wanted you to know how much we appreciate your reviews of Good Lift Tea. We love to hear from newbees to the world of loose leaf tea. Your comments are so refreshing!.

Smoky/Outdoor Flavor

As soon as you pour your water over these leaves you will feel like you are smelling a freshly started woodstove fire. It's a friendly smell and makes you feel at home. It is a very woodsy tea. The outdoor and wood flavor continues through the taste. If you like this type of flavor this tea is for you. I wasn't able to drink the whole cup black (as I typically drink most of my teas), the woodsy smoky was just a bit much for me (just preference). I added a splash of half and half and a splash of white sugar. It softened the smoky taste and the tea was softer for the remaining mug.

You're right, Kate. Not everyone loves Russian Country right away. We have some customers that think it is the only tea for them. Your idea of adding a bit of half and half and a touch of sugar was excellent. We'll pass that concept on!