How to Have Samovar-Style Tea without the Samovar

The basics of a samovar are simple, so you will be asking yourself why you would need one. And indeed you do not need one. You can enjoy a samovar-style tea time without having a samovar.A samovar, developed in the 17th century, is actually two items: a large urn that holds hot water and a …

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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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Taking My Sugar to Tea: To Sweeten or Not to Sweeten

by William I. Lengeman III In the opinion of novelist Henry Fielding, "love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea." But for so many of Fielding’s countrymen, black tea with milk and sugar is a right and a requirement that's become one of the icons with which the British are closely associated. For many …

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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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