Miss Cole's Tea Time - Smoky Russian from Bluebird Tea
Today, I have the ultimate in autumn teas - a Russian Caravan blend. YUM!
When I went into the store on Saturday to pick this up, the moment the lovely customer assistant opened the tin I could smell it. It was instant nostalgia, bringing back memories of Guy Fawkes and bonfires. The smell conjures up images of barren trees against a grey sky and the woodsmoke of warm fires. Perfect writing inspiration for this time of year, don't you think?
And it is delicious. The smoky flavour really comes through - with or without milk. I chose to taste it both ways, and I have to admit I prefer it without milk. The milk takes the edge off the taste, so if you find it a bit too strong, that's the way you can drink it.
The taste is really different to your usual black teas. The smokiness comes through, and there's a real bite to it that you don't find with other blends. You might expect it to be bitter, but it's not at all - with or without milk. It's smooth and delicious, and perfect for these chilly autumn mornings. I brewed it for four minutes before pouring. I wouldn't recommend less that that.
It certainly is fun to find new teas to drink! :D