Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Tea is the most sought-after non-alcoholic beverage in Russia. Our Russian Samovar tea stands testament to its popularity, and is based on an old Russian recipe perfectly suited to brewing in a traditional Samovar. This highly aromatic blend of Black Teas offers a light, smokey taste. This is a common trait found in many Russian Teas, but our one is truly special. We use only the finest quality tea leaves in this blend, so for every cup of Russian Samovar Tea brewed, you have our unwavering seal of approval.
This tea is a great choice for anyone who likes a strong brew. It’s also stupendously beneficial when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. With frequent consumption, Russian Samovar Tea could improve your oral health, help you to lose weight, and even reduce the risks of Type II Diabetes. This is according to many scientific institutes which are now endorsing the consumption of black tea, no matter the type. But if you’re looking for something different, then Russian Samovar is the tea for you.
A Samovar is a traditional device used to boil water and has long been embedded in Russian culture. Loosely translated, Samovar essentially means “self-boiler”. Samovars are typically made from metal and are large urn-shaped containers specifically used for brewing Russian-style tea. The oldest example of a samovar; one made from pottery rather than metal; was found in modern-day Azerbaijan dating back around 3,700 years. In Russia, the first copper Samovar was made in 1778 by the Lisitsyn brothers in Tula, a city known for producing metal.
Soon after, producing Samovars became commonplace throughout the city, and then spread to all corners of Russia. As well as copper, many Samovars were made from brass, iron, nickel, silver, and even sometimes gold; this often indicated the social status of families. Traditionally, these fascinating urn-like objects were placed on a separate table or stool near the host or hostess’ place at the dinner table.
During family gatherings or parties, this allowed for the host or hostess to pour the tea for his or her guests with much greater ease. Nowadays, when a Samovar is used, it is often placed on the end of the table together with tea cups or glasses. But Samovars today are mostly for ornamental purposes. Instead, many Russians choose to brew their tea with a normal kettle! However, should you wish to explore the use of a Samovar when brewing this tea, we suggest following these simple steps:
First, bring water to a boil inside the Samovar. Traditional Samovars have a metal pipe running vertically through the middle which is filled with solid fuel such as pine cones, charcoal, and wood chips to be burned.
Rinse the inside of a teapot with boiling water from the Samovar, then while the teapot is still hot add 3 tablespoons of our delicious Russian Samovar Tea.
Immediately cover the teapot and allow the steam to condition the tea leaves.
After a few seconds, add boiling water from the Samovar to the pot, this time enough to brew the leaves.
Steep for up to 15 minutes. This is traditional.
Serve and enjoy!
If you are looking to embrace Russian culture, or simply wish to enjoy a nice cup of tea, then our beautiful Russian Samovar Tea is undoubtedly the choice for you, no matter the occasion.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Would you believe that some Russian recipes include Strawberry Jam with this tea? Don’t knock it ‘till you tried it! Alternatively, we recommend this beverage best served as it is, although milk can be optional.
Tasting Notes: Bold, but surprisingly smooth, Russian Samovar Tea offers a strong aroma and a full-bodied flavour. This brew has an almost sweet character coupled with woody, earthy, chocolatey notes. This is followed by a deliciously smoky aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits: Want to put the gleam back in your smile? Drink Russian Samovar Tea and enjoy improved oral health. New research has surfaced as part of a collaborative study conducted in conjunction with the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa and the Institute of Odontology at Göteborg University in Sweden. The Swedish division of the study saw participants rinse their mouth with Black Tea for one minute, 10 times a day. Participants in the U.S. division of the study, meanwhile, were given Black Tea to rinse their mouth with for 30 seconds, five times, waiting three minutes between each rinse.
This concept was used to simulate the effect of sipping the average cup of tea. Both co-operating studies discovered that the more participants rinsed, the more their plaque and bacteria levels fell. This is because the Polyphenolic compounds present in Black Tea can kill or suppress cavity-causing bacteria from either growing or producing acid. The tea also affected the bacterial enzymes and prevented the formation of the sticky-like material that binds plaque to teeth.
- TypeBlack Tea, Blends
- Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
- Caffeine LevelMedium
- OptionsLoose Tea
- Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening