Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Russian Samovar Tea is a Black Tea blend catered to the tastes of our Russian friends. It is traditionally made using a samovar, an urn-like device that boils water.
When brewed - be it via a samovar or more conventional methods - you can expect a full-bodied flavour with sweet, woody, earthy notes. Regardless of where you come from, you’re bound to love it.
And if taste alone isn’t enough, then you’ll be pleased to know that our Russan Tea Samovar contains a considerable amount of caffeine. Specifically, it has around 45-mg of this stimulating chemical compound per 8-oz cup.
What’s more, according to evidence, your morning cuppa could come with Black Tea benefits. Best of all, however, is the fact that we pack it fresh to order.
Russian Samovar Tea Blend
Russian Samovar Tea is, in some respects, a misnomer. The leaves used in it do, indeed, come from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant.
However, most plants don’t grow in Russia; rather, in China. There are examples of Tea-growing in the country, although it is mostly limited to small areas such as Krasnodar and Sochi. For the most, then, the term “Russian Tea” refers to its immense popularity there.
What is a Russian Samovar?
A Russian Tea Urn or Samavar (translated to mean “self-brewer”) is a key component used to brew Loose Leaf Tea in Russia.
They tend to be made from metal. However, older examples were created with pottery - such as one discovered in modern-day Azerbaijan dating back around 3,700 years.
The first copper version came about in 1778, which was manufactured by the renowned Lisitsyn brothers in Tula.
Others were the product of brass, iron, nickel, silver and even gold (depending on a family’s social status). A Russian Urn, regardless of the material used to make it, should, according to tradition, sit on a separate stand near the host’s place at the table.
During friend or family gatherings, having it close by enables easy access when serving one’s guests Russian Samovar Tea.
How to Use a Russian Samovar
1, Fill the Samovar’s metal pipe with solid fuel such as charcoal.
2, Start boiling fresh water in the Russian Tea Urn.
3, Rinse your Teapot to make sure it is clean and ready.
4, Add Loose Leaf Tea into an Infuser and then place this accessory in the Teapot.
5, You can now pour more water into the Teapot.
6, Allow it to steep for up to 15 minutes, placing it on top of the Samovar to simmer.
How to Serve: Few Russians drink their Tea “pure.” They instead add ingredients like sugar cubes - placed between the teeth, not in the cup - lemon slices or varenye (a whole fruit jam preserve).
Benefits of Russian Samovar Tea
Gastritis is when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed after experiencing damage. Research has found that Russian Tea Samovar, when consumed at least once a week, can reduce the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in the digestive tract.
This pathogen, often shortened to H. pylori, is one of the more common causes of gastritis.