A delicate cup with a lively, sprightly, slightly toasty note. A hint of Lapsang Souchong relives the heady days and mystery of the Royal Court of St. Petersburg. Reminiscent of a fine, peat-smoke-flavored single-malt scotch. If you are looking for a perfect cup of tea for a scotch lover, this one will surely please him (or her).
Country of Origin: India, China, Sri Lanka
Region: Assam, Fujian, Dimbula
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 1700’ ft, 1500’ ft, 5200’ ft above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Ingredients: Luxury Black Tea
Alexander Dumas wrote in his Dictionary of Cuisine, The best tea is drunk in St. Petersburg and generally throughout Russia. Since China has a common border with Siberia, tea need not be transported by water to reach Moscow or St. Petersburg. Sea voyages are very bad for tea”. And how right the creator of The Three Musketeers was! Everyday life in Russia was simply unimaginable without tea, the number one social drink! Tea was enjoyed as much at the glamorous Winter Palace as it was enjoyed in the simplest peasant hut. Nowadays, tea is consumed by 82% of Russian population. A beautiful samovar or an elegant teapot is usually in the center of every kitchen and dining room table. Russians love to “gonyat’ chai” (chase tea around) and converse about politics, art, and life in general.
The history of this particular tea goes back hundreds of years. In the city of Xian in central China one can see historical marker that is acknowledged to be the beginning of the Silk Road - the trail that lead to central Asia (areas such as the Caucuses and the Black Sea). One of the commodities taken along the Silk Road was tea. The tea that was carried on the camel trains left a lasting impression on central Asia - so much so that to supplement their importation of tea, tea was cultivated in the region.
The Lapsang Souchong in the blend gives the hint of mystery: -no doubt in the days of the camel trains across Asia this mysterious character was absorbed on the trail from evening campfires or from the camels themselves. Imagine for a moment the starry nights on the plains of Asia enroute with your precious cargo of tea to the opulent courts of St. Petersburg. You are hunkering down under your blanket and sipping tea fit for a king while trying to ward off the cold bite in the night air. As the tea courses its way into your body and warms you, you think, “Tea is Good!!”