Was this the tea sipped by Anna Karanina? In 1618 the Chinese ambassador presented Tsar Alexis with a gift of several chests of tea and so began the Russian tea tradition. After the treaty of Nerchinsk in 1689 camel caravans started to transport tea from China to Russia. The journey was long and difficult and took upto 16 months. The tea is distinctive with an exotic smoky flavour, because after plucking, the leaves are withered over cyprus or pine wood fires. Enjoy this most famous of all teas, the first to come to Europe.
|Smoked Black Tea
|A more Subtle Smokey flavour than Lapsang Souchong
|One dessert spoon per cup. Add fresh boiling water. Infuse for three minutes or according to taste.