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Finest Russian Caravan

4.5 star average rating
16 Reviews Write a Review
A more refined version of our Original Blend Russian Caravan (TB60), this blend of choice loose leaf teas from India, China and Formosa yields a smooth, satisfying cup with a bright character. Toasty notes and a light sweetness lead to a crisp finish. A great afternoon tea.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 3-5 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)
Finest Russian Caravan Reviews
4.5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (based on 16 reviews)

  • My Favorite Upton Tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Eileen – VA – April 02, 2021
  • This is my favorite tea and I have reordered it for years. I sometimes blend it with other teas or tisanes. I have purchased many more expensive teas, but I always come back to the Caravan. It makes a hearty black tea full of flavor. Love it!
  • Smooth
  • 5 star rating
  • Jennifer – PA – February 26, 2021
  • I received a free sample of this tea with my order. This makes a nice cup of tea. I get the light toasty notes and the smoothness. No astringency noted. Really nice with a half teaspoon of rock sugar crystals and a drizzle of half and half. Steeped at 200 F for 3 minutes. No bitterness noted.
  • Got a sample, LOVE IT!
  • 5 star rating
  • Jeff – MN – February 22, 2021
  • This is a delicious blend. One of the best I've had from Upton! Try this one iced to. It's a lovely blend, I think there's some darjeeling in there that adds just the right light tone.
  • Lemony snippets
  • 4 star rating
  • Robert – MA – January 24, 2021
  • Makes a very nice lemon tea.
  • Thought I'd like it more....
  • 4 star rating
  • Julie – VA – January 23, 2021
  • It's a nice, smooth tea, but not super complex, and not very smoky. It makes me think of Dostoyevsky, and lends a somber, serious approach to my morning.
  • Favorite of ALL Teas
  • 5 star rating
  • Eileen – VA – January 18, 2021
  • This is the first tea I tried from Upton and years later is still my favorite black tea that I keep reordering. I enjoy other teas, but this is my go-to-tea on most afternoons or for when company comes over. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  • Delicious, smooth
  • 5 star rating
  • Linda A. – ME – April 28, 2020
  • I’ve been looking for an afternoon blend with character and finally found it with this one (I’ve been on a tea tasting tear for a year and tried over 50 Upton teas!). It has a hint of smoke, no bitterness (brew for 4 minutes), and a richness not commonly found in teas from any one country. Highly recommend.
  • Smoky
  • 4 star rating
  • Jeff – NJ – March 30, 2020
  • Some teas are forgiving, some not as much. This is one of the latter. My first time I steeped for five minutes. It was too bitter. The next time I backed off a bit until I found the “sweet spot.” For me this was four minutes, or a few seconds less. That made a great cup. I also found that if I let it cool slightly it was better.
  • Light and delicate, yet flavorful
  • 4 star rating
  • William – TX – March 18, 2020
  • I can see why they call it an afternoon or evening tea. Use extra tea for more flavor!
  • Light and delicate, yet flavorful
  • 4 star rating
  • William – TX – March 18, 2020
  • I can see why they call it an afternoon or evening tea. Use extra tea for more flavor!
  • Light and delicate, yet flavorful
  • 4 star rating
  • William – TX – March 18, 2020
  • I can see why they call it an afternoon or evening tea. Use extra tea for more flavor!
  • Afternoon brew
  • 3 star rating
  • Chris – CA – June 02, 2019
  • As described, this is an afternoon tea without enough punch for a morning cup. It is lightweight, smooth and easy drinking, but I found the taste "nondescript black." I weighed the leaves at 1.4 gr/level teaspoon, so use enough for full effect. For a solid morning cup, try River Shannon.
  • our favorite morning tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Flavia – VA – April 15, 2019
  • Perfect cup, great in the morning or at tea time. I steep it for three minutes exactly. Hearty but smooth at the same time.
  • My All-Time Favorite
  • 5 star rating
  • Eileen – VA – May 08, 2018
  • This is my go-to tea. I enjoy a variety of tea, expensive and not expensive, but this is my most favorite! A great choice if you enjoy a black-tea blend.
  • My All-Time Favorite
  • 5 star rating
  • Eileen – VA – May 08, 2018
  • This is my go-to tea. I enjoy a variety of tea, expensive and not expensive, but this is my most favorite! A great choice if you enjoy a black-tea blend.
  • A Tea that will wake you up!
  • 5 star rating
  • Martin – CO – December 08, 2017
  • An amazingly smooth tea for such a dark cup! This one is very much a wake up tea, it’ll make you want to join a Russian Caravan! It’s one of my favorite breakfast teas, with a lot of intensity, but no harsh tannins at all.
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