Russian Caravan is a blend of Chinese teas built around Lapsang Souchong, with its characteristic smoky aroma. Although the smoke is prominent, it’s not aggressive: the sweet and smooth tea notes set the stage, allowing the smoky aftertaste to drift and linger. Enjoy it straight, or add milk and sweetener. (So if you make a London Fog with Russian Caravan, then this would be a London Smoke? or a Mongolian Fog?)

The history of Russian Caravan goes back to overland trading routes of the 1600s and 1700s. Traders then went by camel caravan from China and other tea-producing regions, through Russia, into Europe. According to lore, the abundance of campfire smoke on this route gave the tea a characteristic, prized flavor. Eventually the smoking process moved nearer to the farms themselves, and Lapsang Souchong was created. Souchong denotes older, larger growth on the tea plant. While the younger buds (or golden tips) are typically most sought-after, this process of smoking older tea leaves created a new phenomenon—now a mainstay of the tea world.

Fortunately, we get to enjoy this tea without hopping on a camel or journeying across Mongolia. If you’re curious to try a smoked tea, Russian Caravan is an ideal place to start.

A made in Montana tea.


Lake Missoula Tea Company commits to direct-sourcing teas and botanicals from sustainable farms. First we choose organic ingredients, and then we create our blends in small batches. In short, we love to drink this stuff, and we’re proud to share with you the tastiest, freshest tea possible. Store away from light and oxygen, and your teas will keep for a good long time.


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Average Rating:

(2 customer reviews)


2 reviews for Russian Caravan

  1. When I have time to brew and drink an entire pot of tea on the weekend…this is the one I love. Reminds me of a campfire. Great with crusty bread, an egg, ham and sharp cheddar!

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Russian Caravan

  • Various
  • Farm Direct
  • Single Origin
  • No
  • Partial
  • Yes
  • No
  • Slight
  • Yes

The coziness of campfire smoke, with smooth and sweet tea notes folded in. An exotic journey in a teacup.

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136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Ashley Nelson
The atmosphere was so relaxing and pleasant I could stay there all day! The staff are super helpful and polite and helped me with all my questions (not to mention some helpful tips from patrons as well). The tea they have is top notch and all the selection you could ask for