Russian tea time
Tea drinking in Russia was traditionally a luxury which only rich people could afford. This is because tea was introduced into Russia from China, and the trade route was difficult and dangerous. This made the tea very expensive.
Russians soon developed special rituals for tea drinking, and a special pot, called a Samovar, for brewing tea. Russian Life magazine explains all about it.
Feel like trying some? The Lower East Side Restoration Project has some interesting recipes for Russian teas and traditional teatime cakes.
Afternoon tea in Russia, around 1905 from The Lower East Side Restoration Project
Have you ever tried Russian tea? What did you think?