Cowichan Caravan

Regular price $6.25

Style: Black

Origin: Blended at Westholme

Ingredients: Assam, Ceylon, Keemun, Hojicha, Lapsang Souchong, Lavender

Description: This black and green tea blend was inspired by age-old tales of traveling tea merchants. Navigating their horse-drawn caravans from China through the cold climate of Russia, and finally into Europe, we created our own version of the famous Russian Caravan tea - the smell of the pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong in this blend reminiscent of cold nights camping on the road. The teas in this blend come from China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka - taste experiences and traditions from four of the biggest tea producers in the world. The result is a complex and aromatic cup, with a subtle lavender perfume woven through the pine steam of a fresh-poured cup.

Tasting Notes: The fine balance of tea from many regions and many traditional processes are woven together for this blend. The cup is at once robust in its savoury pine strength, while also gently sweet and understated. Complex crispness and notes of citrus linger on the palate after a pine-smoked welcome. A gentle lavender linger and slight malt finishes the smooth cup.

Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. steep 3-5 minutes.


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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