Inspired by its refreshing and invigorating taste, nations around the world have created their own traditions around drinking the hot soothing beverage known to all as tea. 

In Russia, where tea is a part of daily life in all seasons, “tea-drinking,” or chayepitiye, refers to more than just simply consuming the brewed delicacy.

It is an event in itself – a feast where guests are served cup after cup of piping hot tea along with various sweets and pastries that complement its distinct flavor.

One feature of such tea parties is a special accessory known as the “samovar” –

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