Tea and Jam: Not a Bad Combination After All

Dec 14, 2015 07:20 AM EST | By Dominique Mijares ( )

For all the tea-lovers out there, a new combination of hot tea and fruity jam may be your next best friend, Today.com reports.

Yes, it is jam. You heard it right.

Jam enhances the flavor of your tea in a subtle way without too much sweetness. You can also choose to make it your sugar or honey substitute.

Of course, most of the people in the country were not aware that it's a long time Russian tradition. Smith Teamaker Tony Tellin and chef Vitaly Paley worked on something extraordinary for tea.

They are hoping that this Russian tradition will work its magic on the American market. The released special boxed edition has an accompanying jar of huckleberry jam.

The teamaker and the chef teamed up for this limited-edition, called Georgia Caravan. The black tea which is house-smoked is then combined with Indian Assam and Darjeeling, smoky Keemun and Chinese hibiscus. The jam just balances the tastes.

As the Smith Tea website puts it, "a full-bodied tea that balances smoke, leather, spice and a malty finish."

Perhaps the wonderfulness of this creation makes it so popular. Upon visiting the website, it shows that the impressive tea is sold out. Hoping they get to restock it soon.

Tea and Jam
(Photo : Getty Images)

Tellin even said that you don't need to be so fancy when trying the Russian tradition. You can do with whatever you have ready in your home. "Strawberry jam swirled into English breakfast tea would be a great," Tellin says to Today.com.

Because of the inspiration of Paley, they were able to create this stunning combination. Paley was born in the former Soviet Union, near Kiev. The tradition started here, where tea is found to be served with jam as well as sugar, lemon and honey.

For a full story of how the Georgian Caravan came about, you can check Smith Tea's page here.


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