Tea / We believe drinking a variety of loose leaf tea is the key to joy and hope to start all our patrons on a path to tea obsession.

Tea is the perfect drink for the Bathhouse.

It’s warm, therefore it keeps your core temperature from dropping, and it’s liquid, so it hydrates the body between steams! Additionally, tea is good for you. It contains high levels of catechins, a type of antioxidant which has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Along with the traditional green, black, and white teas, we carry herbal teas, which have their very own set of health benefits.

Russia’s Tea History

Tea drinking is more than just drinking tea. It’s a deeply rooted tradition that has kept tea the most most popular drink in Russia (vodka and kvas taking 2nd and 3rd place). The samovar has evolved into a symbol of Russian land, culture, and spirit, which makes the fact that tea only became accessible to common people in the late 19th century a surprise to many. Tea was introduced to Russia for the first time in 1638 when Tsar Michael I received a gift of 250 pounds of tea from a Mongolian Khan. At first the gift was rejected as the Tsar did not understand what one was supposed to do with a bunch of dried leaves. He asked for the tea to be replaced by sable furs, but his request was ignored and envoys delivered the tea to Moscow. Luckily for us, the Russian aristocracy eventually smartened up and figured out how to brew tea, and thus the Siberian tea route was established! Soon tea became a popular drink among the wealthy but remained inaccessible to everyone else because of its high price. Then when the Trans-Siberian Railway was completed in 1880, importing tea became efficient and simple. As a result, prices dropped, making tea affordable for the majority and solidifying its place in the Russian household.

 

Tea Menu

 

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Chamomile

Widely known for its calming effects. It possess anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great remedy for cramps and stomach pain. If you’re feeling stressed out and want to unwind, a cup of chamomile tea is the perfect solution!

Fruit

Our fruit tea contains black current, hibiscus, apple, and chokeberries. This tea is full of vitamin C! If steeped long enough it becomes strong and syrupy. Try mixing it with others for added sweetness.

Peppermint

This soother is great for an upset stomach or for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome because it relaxes the muscles along the digestive track. It’s also a good idea to have a cup after indulging in dried fish!

White

This tea contains the highest amount of catechins because it is the least processed out of all the teas. The manufacturing process for white teas is compromised of withering the fresh leaf and drying it. There have also been several studies that revealed that white tea can slow down viral and bacterial growth, preventing staph infections, strep throat, and pneumonia.

Green

Like white tea, green tea undergoes a minimum amount of processing, which allows the tea leaf to retain most of its beneficial catechins. Green tea comes in many varieties and we try to carry several at all times.

Genmaicha

This green tea was popularized by the very poor of Japan who had to supplement their tea with roasted grains of rice. This gives the green tea a delicious earthy palette so it’s no wonder it caught on.

Hibiscus

This tea comes from the petals of the hibiscus flower, generating a tart, fruity flavour when steeped for a long time. Hibiscus is especially good for people who suffer from hypertension or type 2 diabetes, because it helps lower blood pressure. It also contains high levels of vitamin C.

Black

Black tea is the most common is Russian households. We tend to drink it lightly brewed and with sugar. Please leave the milk in England! Milk actually kills the antioxidants that are contained within tea, so think twice! Black tea contains the most caffeine so if you’re feeling a little too sleepy after an intense steam, have a cup of black!

Premium Teas

Besides the complimentary teas listed above, we also offer a variety of premium teas for $3.00 a teapot. This selection is always changing and consists of more exotic flavours, for those seeking a new tea experience!