What kinds of teas did your parents buy? I have seen teas sold as "good for use with samovar" and often these seem to be what I call a "Persian type" (scented with bergamot I think, like an Earl Gray). But perhaps as we are on the subject, you could say more.
Janine wrote:My interest in the Georgian tea was sparked by what I guess was Proinsias' description.
Proinsias wrote:Damn, I've just ordered 2 lots of tea over the past few days and now I'm looking over NBT's site with itchy fingers.
As far as samovars go, my grandmother had (and probably still does) a "real" one--the heating element uses wood. I only saw it used once,-and that was over 20 years ago--it's just not a thing people do any more. And no, contrary to the common belief, not every house in Russia has one.
Janine wrote:Thanks for this information.
The white ceramic samovar is fascinating. I can't quite figure out how it works.
teashionista wrote:Tea is the most popular drink in Russia (after vodka of course lol), but good quality teas are becoming more scarse, much to my father's dismay (lack of demand--people are switching to teabags).