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Samovar Tea Lounge


Web: samovarlife.com
Last Updated: May. 18, 2017

About Samovar Tea Lounge

Samovar Tea Lounge, which usually uses the screenname samovarlife is a tea house in San Francisco, CA. The company is named for a Samovar, a vessel used for making tea. The first Samovar Tea Lounge was opened in 2001; the company has since opened two more locations.

In addition to serving its own brand of tea in its tea lounges, Samovar Tea Lounge sells loose tea by mail-order through its website. Samovar offers mostly pure teas, including black, green, white, oolong, and Pu-erh, although they also have a few flavored teas. Their teas are classified by region. In addition to tea, Samovar also sells herbal teas, Rooibos, and Yerba mate.

Samovar carries some fair trade and organic teas, and also sells Hawaii-grown tea. All of Samovar's teas are packaged in fully compostable containers. The outside packaging is also made from post-consumer recycled cardboard.

Physical Locations

Samovar Tea Lounge, The MissionSan Francisco, CA
Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerba Buena GardensSan Francisco, CA

Teas - Browse All 10

Browse by region of production: Blend (4)Japan (3)China (2)United States of America (1)

Browse by style (type or variety); Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis) (7)Black Tea (4)Flavored Tea (3)Green Tea (2)Dark Tea (1)

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homais
(21 reviews)
80 / 100
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Organic Ryokucha Green Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan
Mar. 13th, 2014

This tea really grew on me, and by the end I adored it. The sample I got - which was enough for one cup - suggested brewing it very quickly, just 30-45 seconds, with water just below the boiling point. In retrospect I think that following those instructions would have worked out well, but I'm paranoid about using water...

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Alex Zorach
(1387 reviews)
73 / 100
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Organic Ryokucha Green Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan
Sep. 26th, 2013

Dry leaf has a potent, cereal-like aroma.

First infusion brews a hazy, pale golden cup...it almost looks like there's a tiny bit of iridescent dust on top of the tea's surface.

Flavor is mild but delightful...sweet, crisp, and with a hint of a fruitiness that I can only describe as reminiscent of cola. It sort o...

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E. Alex Gerster
(66 reviews)
83 / 100
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Breakfast Blend Organic Black Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend
Oct. 20th, 2011

Nice smooth, full bodied, malty, and a light briskness. Reminds me very much of Rishi Tea's Golden Yunnan Organic Black Tea, but a bit lighter on peppery tones. It is a beautiful blend of Dian Hong style tea (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dian_hong_tea) mixing whole leaf top-quality tea and a high content of fine go...

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90 / 100
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Jingmai Mountain produces some amazing teas, and this one from Samovar is no exception. They are right on the money when they describe the taste and aroma as: "Deep and malty with hints of baked, bittersweet chocolate and raisin sugar. Lightly roasted body with a slightly sweet finish."

Optimal brewing is with sprin...

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80 / 100
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Russian Blend Black Tea

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend
Sep. 22nd, 2011

This is one of the most unusual "Russian Caravan" type teas I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Its name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated the transcontinental tea trade from tea-producing areas (namely India, Ceylon and China) to Europe via Russia. Although it is primarily considere...

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Organic Ryokucha Green Tea

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