Some History of Russian Tea

Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth. – Alexander Pushkin If you're like me, then when you think of great tea-drinking nations, you probably think of the United Kingdom. Who are actually topped in tea-drinking by countries like Turkey, where they consume nearly three times as much …

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5 Signs That You’re “Going Russian” at Tea Time

The world is an ever-changing place, with country border lines being redrawn almost daily. But tea remains constant. And tea time in Russia remains an important part of life. They tend not to go out for lunch or dinner but instead will invite you over for a cup of tea (almost always with food involved). …

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Tea in Strange Places (and the Olympics) – Sochi

Like so many others I have to admit that I'd never heard of the Russian city known as Sochi until I found out that it would be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014. Sochi is located in the far western region of the country, on the Black Sea. It's notable for tea lovers because it …

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Russian-Grown Tea?

Tea is grown in Russia? Yes, some. Tea is certainly a popular beverage in Russia and has been since the first half of the 17th century, with regular deliveries having started in 1689 per an agreement signed with China. The samovar was contrived to make the most of every precious drop and to assure that …

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Tea, Russian Style

If asked to name a beverage that's synonymous with Russian culture, let's face it, many of us will probably pick vodka. While tea is hardly as popular in that part of the world as this clear spirit it has long been an important part of the Russian beverage landscape nonetheless, having been first introduced there …

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Tea Trivia

By William I. Lengeman III For your consideration, a few miscellaneous bits from the tea trivia file. Fire up a cup of tea and enjoy. Chifir It’s probably a safe bet that the inhabitants of Russian prisons are made of stronger stuff than most of us. If you doubt it, consider that one of the …

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Russian Tea Blends

This is part two of my look into Russian tea and tea culture. Though Russia didn’t get introduced to tea until the 17th century from China, it seems that tea didn’t become very popular in Russia until the 19th century. The tisanes they drank before they were introduced to tea, was called Sbiten - a …

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Russian Tea Part I

Russia, believe it or not has been tea drinking country unique in its own respects. The Czars and upper echelon, loved their tea, and it was often had on special occasions. Their tea was also served quite strong, but with a bowl of hot water so they could dilute the tea down to their preferred …

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