Russian Country | Loose Leaf Black Tea | Good Life Tea

Russian Country Loose Leaf Black Tea

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    We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $5.39 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 12 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.

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  • Steeping Instructions

    1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.   There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter.   If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times. Below are general steeping instructions.  For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
    To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle.  When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.

    Tea Type Steeping Temperature Steeping Time
    White Tea  170-185 F 1-3 minutes
    Green Tea 170-185 F 2-3 minutes
    Oolong Tea 170-190 F 2-3 minutes
    Black Tea 200-212 F 3-5 minutes
    Tisanes 212 F 4-7 minutes

       Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.


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.

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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!
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