The Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin once said, “ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.” Pushkin was born into Russian nobility and grew up in an upscale dacha that immediately churns up images of ornate samovars and silver gilded glass holders. Pushkin was as much in love with words and life as he was with tea. And he expressed in his masterpieces, what an important role tea played in the romance and courtship of Russia in those times. An excerpt from his novel Eugene Onegin reads:
Of single boredom, right away
They speak–but in a cunning way.
They call him to their samovar–
None but Dunya will pour the tea;
They whisper to her: "Dunya, see!"
And then produce her sweet guitar.
O Christ! She then begins to cheep:
"Come see me in my golden keep!"
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