Sunday, January 04, 2009

Lapsang Souchong

Normally I only drink tea when I know the coffee will be bad. You can count on bad coffee at most restaurants, hotel rooms, catered affairs and seminars. Often the tea at these places and functions is bad as well. Generally, tea in bags is usually bad.

I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in my late 20s. I remember it well because it was really good coffee and it really worked as a stimulant. Before then all I had was tea. While I was in high school my photography teacher turned me onto Lapsang Souchong. According to Wikipedia: This is a black tea originally from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian. It is a smoked tea. Lapsang is distinctive from all other types of tea because Lapsang leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavor.

Lately we’ve been having afternoon tea at my place, but I’ve been getting sick of the tasteless black teas that I’ve been drinking. I found that I squirreled away a bag of Lapsang Souchong, and I filled a tea ball with this stuff and it revived my love for tea.

I’m not sure why I limit myself to one cup at a time. I really need to start making it by the pot. It’s that good. Of all the smoked delicacies out there like smoked fish, smoked cheese, smoked mushrooms; a smoked liquid is just amazing.


Blogger Beth said...

I'm a coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon person.
And why do I limit myself to one cup of tea? Good question. I have two tea pots.
Just discovered a tea emporium nearby - I'll try the Lapsang Souchong.

5:18 AM  
Blogger loopymamain06 said...

I have to admit my favorite curently is "Jasmine" although I've been known to horde China Black. I have never heard of the tea you just mentioned, and if i ever get the chance, I would try it. I do have a slight aversion to "smoked" things though, since in my ageing, it usually gives me heartburn.
loopy back from the frozen north.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Trop said...


You said "squirrel."

2:35 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I switch off. I'll bet you've heard that about me. I drink coffee in the mornings until about noon then I drink a cup or two of tea in the evenings. No good places except Walmart around here to get tea so I just drink green tea. Not alot of flavor but not alot of caffeine either. And it warms me up good with a half a shot or Johnnie Walker black in it. It's my night time ritual. I'll keep any eye out for any tea I can't pronounce. Sounds tasty.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Auntie said...

guy, when I first saw the post title and the photo that accompanied it, I thought it was going to be about those preciously expensive coffee beans that are first crapped outta some monkeys butt. What are those called?

4:44 PM  
Blogger CB said...

I thought it was going to be about those preciously expensive coffee beans that are first crapped outta some monkeys butt. What are those called?

American tourist bait?

I do not know the name of my favorite tea. I know where I get it and what the tin looks like. I think I will be trying yours tho, Guy. If you ask at Fred's do you think they would order it?

10:56 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

I'va a friend in the UK who keeps me well stocked with my favorite Yorkshire Tea. Another in Japan keeps my green tea supply current as well as some quality sake, which is very rare in the US. Amazing what folks will send when you keep them supplied with American products they learned to like when living in the US. Both of them love Kentucky Bourbon. The guy in UK gets Glenfiddich 18year Scotch at prices you can't touch inna US.

11:30 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, it makes me feel more civilized to have tea in the afternoon, though I too need the jump-start from coffee in the morning.

Loopy, smell it before you buy it if you can. You will know by the smell if you'll like it or not. It tastes just like it smells.

Trop, just for you.

Darev, there you go with Walmart again. That company is evil, stop shopping there.

Auntie, that would be Kopi Luwak which passes through an Asian Palm Civet.

CB, It's doubtful you'll get it in a grocery store, though Twinings and Biglow does have it in their product line. I got mine a while back at the coffee shop that is across from Gino's in East Astoria.

Mike I did that sort of thing when I moved out here with friends on the east coast. I'd send them stuff and they'd send me stuff I couldn't get out here. I still need some Dia Day Duck Sauce.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

I am a TOTAL coffee person. I love my grind and brew! I do like a nice pot of husband went to Teavana (it's a shop at the mall) and picked up a variety of teas for me. They are great! It's a nice end to a hard day.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

And you've had some hard days lately.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

Gwen, Lauren, and I have started an emergency communication system at our end of the fire district (covering about 50 homes). We have radios and everything! We are TOTALLY prepared for what is to, not really. We have radios, but there is no way to tell what this next storm is going to bring us. We have now hit the "Flood Warning" stage. Stay tuned...I hope you folks at the coast make it through okay. If you don't hear from me in about a week or so, send someone to look for us :)

Much appreciation,

9:34 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

With the wind we had here last night I was hoping that the generator I sent up there makes it way back. Two more days of this wind and we are sure to lose power. I also had a good hunk of roofing blow off my hay storage room.

I hope things settle down up there soon. I want to support your local hay economy.

5:04 AM  
Blogger dalia said...

not a fan of the smoked meats and cheeses. i will take a good smoked pepperoni, though, and smoked turkey is so much better than the usual bland stuff.

the kind of tea you speak of was once highlighted in an article i read. like you, the author waxed fantastic about the flavours brought about by smoking.

meh. i'll pass. it prolly wouldn't taste very good with milk, anyway.

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Where's your adventure?

3:29 PM  

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