China Caravan - Limited Harvest
China Caravan - Limited Harvest
China Caravan - Limited Harvest
China Caravan - Limited Harvest

China Caravan - Limited Harvest

Regular price $9.00

Style: Black Blend

Origin: Fujian Province, China

Description: This tea exemplifies a traditional black tea as it would have been in the 17th century, when great caravans of camels - referred to as “ships of the desert” - were transporting tea from China to Russia. China Caravan brings together a Keemun and Ti Kwan Yin Oolong to reincarnate this traditional blend, as Chinese tea makers would have crafted in response to a growing demand for black tea. This unique sipping experience invites your mind to wander off to a time of tea chests and footprints across great plains.

Tasting Notes: This tea begins soft and rich and each sip offers new layers of complexity. A fruity floral perfume wafts up from the cup like wandering through a garden in the height of summer blooms. The steep is smooth with a burgundy liquor characteristic of the high grade Keemun, also known as “King of Red Tea.” Hints of pine and cinnamon, pair with toasted honeyed hazelnuts. A rose petal astringency unfolds with the leaves. The enriching flavours leave a delicate dry sweet linger. A second steep offers deeper toasty mineral notes. This tea would pair well with savory rice dishes, such as curry or stirfry.

Brewing Instructions:

Method 1: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. Steep 3-4 minutes.

Method 2 (Inspired by Gong fu style, using more tea and shorter steep time): 5g per cup. Rinse quickly with 90ºC water. Steep 1.5-2 minutes with 100ºC water. Resteep. 

For both methods, leaves will offer several steeps.


China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.

Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.

Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.

The organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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