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Feb 28, 2007 06:33 PM

Russian (Orange Spice) Tea

(Too many )Years ago in college, my roommate's grandmother would send her a tea she called Russian Tea. Her grandmother made it herself. It was loose leaf, with dried orange peel, some type of small flower and some spices. Searches for Russian Tea bring up recipes that use Tang or orange juice. I've seen recipes for orange spice tea, but they seem very 'Christmasy' {and none have little flowers). Is there such a thing as a "Russian" spiced tea ?

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  1. I would like to know this myself, too. I was looking around for recipes because I used to buy a russian spice tea from a local vendor who isn't around anymore. I would open the bag of loose-leaf tea and it smelled unbelieviably spicy and tasted wonderful. I don't know what the flowers are that are used, but definitely crushed cloves and crushed cinnamon chunks are involved, as well as dried orange peel, possibly orange oil, and maybe mace, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and/or allspice depending on your taste. Mix these spices with a good, full-bodied black tea (some say ceylon is too weak but I like it) and some milk and sugar. Experiment a little with the spices and you should have something close to what you used to drink! If you can find orange blossoms or bergamot oil, try that too.

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    1. re: amy teply

      I suggest you start with Bigelow's Constant Comment tea - it is a popular black tea blend sold in supermarkets. Label says orange rind, sweet spices, and natural flavor.
      Read the package carefully, because it comes in bags and loose, and in decaf and green tea varieties as well. I used to buy the loose, which is more economical, but switched to bags because unless you use up the loose quickly, it loses its aroma and potency. Definitely smells of clove, cinnamon, and the like.

    2. You could try Kusmi teas...they have a variety of Russian blends, some with citrus and flowers. I've had their "Prince Vladimir" and it is very good, though I'm not sure that one is exactly what you're looking for.