Russian Guys Love Tea Too :)
Hello, everybody! I’m from Russia and I have just found this amazing site. I’m interested in tea for about 2 months, so I consider myself as a newbie :)
It is so astonishing to find a great community of people, who share the same interest as you.
Hope to find new friends here and wish you all good luck and only the best tea in your cup :)
Hi Sergey! Welcome to Steepster. You’ll totally love it here (^.^)
Hi Sergey and welcome to Steepster. It’s always nice to see a new friendly face amongst us.
What teas are you currently drinking? :)
Do you brew tea in a samovar and drink it from a glass, or has that aspect of Russian Tea culture dissappeared?
I did so, when I was a kid and lived with my grandma.
Unfortunately, now this habit is disappearing from our life. I think you can find a samovar only in the museum.
This is not entirely correct. I think a lot of people that have summer houses outside big cities have them. Not much point using one when you don’t have access to fresh pinecones.
I buy tea in the local shop, which is called “Дирижабль” (it’s russian for zeppelin :) , however I’d like to try buy something online, in international or chinese shop. Could you advise me a good internet shop, please?
Hi Sergey! You should definitely check out Teavivre: http://teavivre.com they are in China and I saw they have listed their 2013 spring green teas now.
Sergei: Teavivre also has a free sample program. Sign up on their site and use your Steepster name as your blog information. They will send five free samples. It is excellent tea and very affordable! Welcome to Steepster!
I have a couple of good contacts from china that will take good care of you if you need a good seller from there. two favorites of mine from ebay are cctv system, Cindy is great and Berylleb on the same site are both great!
Hello Sergey, :) I would recommend having a look at Teaspring.com. They ship directly from China as well and their shipping fee is tiny. Teas are a bit costly, though. They have a wonderful Tan Yang Te Ji which is my favourite tea ever.
In the UK there is also Nothing But Tea, which has a lovely orange flavoured Pu-erh that Husband and I love, and a vast selection in Indian single estate teas.
I had a whole list of places that I liked at one point. I’ll have to see if I can find it again for you if you are interested. It’s somewhere here on the boards.
In general, though, if you haven’t already discovered this for yourself, pay great attention to what the different shops takes for shipping fees. Some shops have reasonable ones, others… not so much. I have found, being in Denmark, that the majority of American webshops are just out of my reach because the shipping fee is so high. I try to go for European or Asian instead. It seems like it’s just generally cheaper to ship from Asia.
Thank you all for your help! I’ll visit all these sites and try to find the best for me.
Russian-grown tea is one of the most notoriously difficult teas to export. If you ever come across some, you should consider doing some trades.
I second the post about Teavivre (http://teavivre.com), and add to it Verdant (http://verdanttea.com). Adagio is always a good place to start, just for a good selection, although I don’t think they ship to many places. And although Andrew and Dunham’s (http://damnfinetea.com) has a very small, unassuming collection compared to most, I still value them greatly.
Lastly, Upton Tea (http://www.uptontea.com), which has mostly been forgotten in the wake of Verdant and Teavivre, but is still good.
An international cookbook I recently bought claims that in some parts of Russia, tea is drunk strong and black and sweetened with jam. Is that at all true in your experience? Because it sounds delicious.
If you follow Bonnie, you will see in some of her notes that she drinks her tea Russian style occasionally, using cherry jam!
Just happened to see this note.
The first time I had Russian tea with sour cherry jam was at
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Saratoga, CA. Fr. Basil made strong black tea then added a big glob of jam explaining that I should sip and nibble the jam using the spoon. It was delicious! My grandchildren love this dessert treat…which I make with Czar Nikolas II brand tea.
My family’s from the former Soviet Union and my dad STILL drinks his tea this way. I never got on board – the idea of jam in my tea just doesn’t feel right somehow.
Neat, thanks! I have a huge assortment of jams that I’m going to use in some of my duller teas.
Yes! A lot of people in Russia drinks tea this way.
Someone adds jam directly to the cup. Someone drinks tea and eats jam from a small plate. For this we use cherry, apple, strawberry, or any other jam.
I think I should add that I speak about black tea. We drink actually only black tea with jams :)
wow, jam! cool idea. i wonder what teas this would work best with? Breakfast tea i suppose!
My personal preference is black tea with rasperry jam. Great for colds and very yummy.