Smoked teas, like Lapsang Souchong and Russian caravan teas are made from leaves dried in bamboo baskets, over pine fires. Lapsang Souchong originates from Fujian Province, China, and Taiwan. The maltier taste of Russian Caravan tea is due to the added Indian Assam leaves.
Traditionally, tea was carried on camel caravans from China to Moscow. The smoky campfires added to the aroma of the precious tea cargo.
Here’s a little article for you to experience smoked teas and smoking food with tea.