From Russia with … Tea!

Every tea-drinking culture around the world has developed their own containers for the purposes of preparing and drinking tea. Some of the most beautiful and elegant of this tea ware is a legacy of the grandeur that was once Imperial Russia. Along with stately samovars and exquisite Lomonosov porcelain, Russia has given the world podstakanniki, …

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Tea Traditions — Russia

Russians took up tea drinking long before the Dutch began trading with China for it. No surprise. Russia spans two continents — Europe and Asia — and borders China, the source of the tea. Caravans reached them easily on the “Great Tea Road” (part of the famous “Silk Road”), carrying that special cargo. At first …

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The Samovar

By William I. Lengeman III If you're in the market for a gadget to help you prepare tea there's no shortage of choices these days. The most basic form of tea preparation consists simply of hot water, tea bags and a cup or mug. At the other end of the scale are assorted and sundry …

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