Russian Samovar Loose Leaf Black Tea Blend Traditional Chinese Tea Widely Drunk In Eastern Europe And Russia


  • Russian Samovar is a blend of Chinese tea based on an old Russian recipe
  • Tea drinking in all strata of Russian society came surprisingly late, not being widely drunk until the 19th Century, prior to this Sbiten or сбитень had been the staple for both Czars and the people.
  • Black tea rapidly gained precedence and started to be served in the large Samovars previously used to keep the Sbiten warm.
  • Sbiten was first mentioned in in Slavonic chronicles in 1128, interestingly it is being revived in the 21st Century as a mass produced drink.
  • It is a simple drink combining honey and spices which are boiled down then water or red wine, if you wish it to be alcoholic, are added, mint is often used as a garnish.
  • This keeping of the tea warm for long periods of time meant having a tea that would not stew and become bitter although honey, solid chunks of sugar and indeed jam were still often added.
  • This black tea blend is perfectly suitable for using in a Samovar although obviously a tea pot or infuser would work just as well.
  • It makes a delicate cup, somewhat soft but with, I feel, quite enjoyable notes.
  • An afternoon tea I would suggest also probably best alone without milk. I brewed for five minutes at 100oC.
  • You will receive 85 grams of tea for £5.00 this will allow you to make 42 cups of tea. Two gram per cup, this tea can be re-infused giving 84 cups of tea. This works out at between twelve pence per cup and six pence per when re-infused
  • At Gently Stirred every order is gift wrapped so if you're buying for a number of different people just add that information at checkout

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