Russian Caravan tea blend

(24 customer reviews)


  • Russian Caravan tea: a traditionally aromatic blend.
  • This historic Russian Caravan tea is made from a traditional blend of large leaf Chinese black and oolong teas.
  • Russian Caravan has a distinctive and attractive complexity.
  • This tea was originally traded in the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great, carried by camel caravan via the Russian steppes, along the Silk Road to Moscow.
  • May be drunk morning or afternoon.

Russian Caravan tea: a traditionally aromatic blend

This classic Russian Caravan tea is made from a traditional blend of large leaf Chinese black and oolong teas. It has a distinctive and attractive complexity that is sure to make it one of your favourites. This tea was originally traded in the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great, carried by camel caravan via the Russian steppes, along the Silk Road to Moscow. This traditional blended tea may be drunk morning or afternoon. Infuse one teaspoon per person plus one for the pot for four minutes. Milk is optional.

First drunk by the Cossacks, since the 17th century tea has been brought to the fair at Nizhny Novgorod, on the Volga river 200 miles to the east of Moscow. This was Imperial Russia's focus for traded luxuries. Prepared in the samovar around an invitingly warm hearth, Alexander Pushkin declared that "ecstasy is a glass of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth".

The benefits of loose leaf tea

  • This is a carefully sourced tea chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour.
  • Loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse.
  • The tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known.
  • A little patience is required when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup.

Which size to choose

  • There are several packing options: 60grams, 125grams and 250grams - the standard being of 125 grams in a packet.
  • You can select packets or a tin caddy with hinged lid which can be selected from the drop-down options.
  • Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea.

How to look after this tea

  • Store the tea with care: ensure it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas.
  • Our standard best-before is one year.

Delivery options

  • Our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option.
  • Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.
  • At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea.

For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.

Additional information

Weight 0.425 kg
Packing Option

125 gram packet, 125 gram tin, 250 gram packet, 250 gram tin

24 reviews for Russian Caravan tea blend

  1. Rupert West (verified owner)

    Product: Put off ordering my last order until the Russian Caravan came back into stock – It’s a really lovely tea! I always have some in the cupboard
    Service: Tea arrived quickly and was well packed – Naturally the tea itself tastes just great

  2. Mr C L Howe

    Service: Arrived promptly and well packed. Tea is excellent quality

  3. Ally

    Makes a lovely unusual cup of tea
    Good take on Russian Caravan

  4. Robert Dixon (verified owner)

    Favourite anytime tea
    Exquisite flavour and a superior flavour

  5. Graham Monteith (verified owner)

    Product: The tin was bashed
    Service: Good service
    Vendor response: I am sorry to hear that the tin was dented. This is the first occasion we have heard of this problem. We do protect them with stiff corrugated card inside the padded outer bag. It also states ‘Do not crush’ on the label but realsie that unfortunately this could be seen as an invitation to a minority. If you would like us to send you a new tin of this tea please contact us.

    Richard Grey

  6. Dr William Tamkin

    Service: Excellent range of tea and prompt service

  7. Anonymous

    Good take on Russian Caravan
    A really enjoyable and refreshing tea

  8. Christian Pedersen

    A really enjoyable and refreshing tea
    An everyday tea with a difference

  9. Richard Clifton

    Service: Tea was great and delivered as expected

  10. Mrs D. Ghalebi

    Product: Perfect blend, not too strong and with full flavour without being bitter or overpowering.
    Service: Great selection of teas, easy to use website and quick delivery.

  11. Philip Barber (verified owner)

    Service: I am a long standing customer, who is delighted with the service, the quality, that value and variety of their teas

  12. lkillian10 (verified owner)

    Have been buying Russian caravan for some time now from Fortnum’s …… they have stopped selling refills so needed to find an alternative supplier …… Grey’s Teas have come up trumps! Excellent brew, a cut above the rest as far as character, and a great drink at any time of day. Just as good if not better than Fortnum’s in my view. I also love the simplicity and functionality of the tin supplied. Thank you.too.

  13. Rupert West (verified owner)

    Product: Excellent
    Service: Great company, Great Tea – Range of my favourite teas a little limited this order due to no stock. But what is available was good.
    Vendor response: We have just received a new shipment of Assam and more will arrive on Monday. I am pleased that you like our range of teas.

    Richard Grey

  14. Nicholas Aubrey

    An everyday tea with a difference
    Favourite anytime tea

  15. Victoria Kinnersly

    Product: fine but will probably stick to unblended teas next time
    Service: fast and accurate as ever

  16. Jen Musgreave

    Product: This is the tea we take on holiday with us as the best of both worlds (strong yet delicate). We re-buy this regularly
    Service: I have ordered many times from Greys teas – it would be helpful if they remembered what I’ve ordered in the past and stop treating me as a new customer each time. Also when Greys recommend new teas in their newsletters, it would be good if they took account of my previous purchases: I always buy Keemun Dahlia and Ceylon Kenilworth – I would like to know other teas that are similar in character. I work in CRM and would happily advise Greys on how to improve their relationships with existing customers!
    Vendor response: You are free to create an account where you will be able to see previous teas ordered by yourself since you created the account. We group teas by growing regions under black, green, oolong and white teas so comparable teas will be on the same sub-section page with links through to the individual tea pages where their tasting notes appear in full. On occasions we do cross reference such as our Earl Grey blend is linked with our China green Earl Grey tea. We do value your feedback. I hope this response is helpful.

    Richard Grey

  17. CHRIS HOLLICK (verified owner)

    A tea with real individual character. Lovely fragrant finish. A joy to drink at anytime.

  18. Paul Driver

    Product: It is a good wiry, twisted leaf tea. This tea has been blended with a high proportion of oolong tea, giving it a pronounced flowery nose and flavor. I personally find it a a little unbalanced with the oolong predominating in the resulting brew.
    Service: A fast efficient service from a company providing a good selection of teas
    Vendor response: I see that as well as trying Haijan you have also previously bought Keemun Mao Feng and Peony. You may want to try the Hoa Ya A and B and Jhin Hao.

    Richard Grey

  19. CHRIS (verified owner)

    A tea with interesting complexity. Very refreshing.

  20. lkillian10 (verified owner)

    Have been drinking ‘Russian Caravan’ tea for some time now …. Grey’s blends the best! Grey’s is a wonderfully smooth blend that is good at any time of day.

  21. red73naxela (verified owner)

    Disaster! I had run out of Russian Caravan! But Grey’s came to the rescue. Excellent tea — and service. Thank you.

  22. Laurie Moye

    Product: Only good, because it’s a bit bland compared with others I have used
    Service: No problems with the service

  23. CHRIS HOLLICK (verified owner)

    A great all-rounder and another quality tea from Grey’s. Promptly delivered, as ever.

  24. Simon Parton

    Exquisite flavour and a superior flavour
    Excellent sturdy product

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