It is believed that samovars appeared in Russia in the mid-18th century when tea was drunk everywhere.
Tea got to Russia when Vasili Starkov, Russian Ambassador, brought some unknown herb to Tsar as a reply gift from the Alatyn Khan in 1638. After Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich had been cured by the tea that "fairly good remedy" became fashionable. The beverage was expensive, and tea was only drunk at the Tsar court and in the noble families. Common people would drink honey, beer, kvass and saloop (hot drink made of honey, herbs and spices).