Smoky Tea Collection

Smoky Tea Collection

Smoky Tea Collection

$38.99

Introducing Oliver Pluff's Smoky Tea Collection.  Our Favorite Smoky teas in a giftable collection! 

Smoky Tea Collection

Lapsang Souchong:  Of course we start this collection with the original smoky tea!   Lapsang's flavor is strong and smoky - meant to complement to the natural taste of black tea, without overpowering. The British East India Company included Souchong teas as its common imports to colonial America.  In the Boston Tea Party, 35 chests of Souchong tea were destroyed.  This was Winston Churchill's Favorite Tea

Colonial Bohea (pronounced “Boo-hee” - Ukers 510), was by far the largest tea import during colonial times. Sometimes called Bohea Souchong or Lapsang Bohea, the blend originated in China with trade to the British and Dutch East India Companies. It was so popular that the word bohea became the slang term for tea. The blend varied wildly, consisting of broken orange pekoe, pekoe, and souchong dumped in a pile and then sifted, typically the scrap tea of lower quality leaves, but was considered high quality by the colonists.

Caravan As the Chinese and Russians traded along the Siberian trade route in the seventeenth century, the nightly campfires caused the tea they were carrying to acquire a rich and smoky taste. Campfire smoke was also a constant for the explorers and pioneers of Early America and it permeated all of their belongings, to include the tea they brought with them. This blend begins with the most common black tea of the pioneer era, Congou, includes a smooth oolong, with a smoky Lapsang finish to imagine what pioneer's tea tasted like.

Scottish Breakfast:  The strongest of black tea blends, Scottish Breakfast offers a hearty cup of warmth in damp and cold regions of northern Scotland. It is also blended strong to compensate for Scotland's naturally soft water, which diminishes the infusion of tea. With hints of wood and smoke, the blend's mild astringency is balanced by adding cream and sugar.

Whiskey Rebellion:  In the summer of 1794, President George Washington called out 12,950 militia to subdue violent protests by so called 'Whiskey Rebels' in Western Pennsylvania. The call out of the militia dispersed most of the protesters, and secured the new government's authority.  Building from the most popular tea of the era, we briefly aged this small batch tea in a whiskey barrel to remember events from our country's early history, and to enjoy the blend of aromas and flavors.