Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lapsang Souchang-New Black Tea

I often joke (a bit) that G-d drinks Ethiopia Harrar and the angels drink Kona. I have an addition-G-d definitely drinks the Lapsang Souchang. This black tea has a rich color, and a smoky, caramelly, campfire smoke aroma. It will either produce a strong reaction of distaste or pure joy. With Lapsang Souchang, there are no moderate opinions. This is the most interesting around and it reminds me of fresh roasted French Roast coffee.

The origins of this tea come from a story from the Qinq era (Manchu Dynasty-1644 to 1912 C.E.). It is believed that the passage of armies delayed the usual time of drying the tea. Therefore, they didn't want to disappoint everyone, so they dried the tea, unnaturally over a fire. Our Lapsang Souchang tea has been dried and roasted over Asian pine. All of our tea comes from Zen Tea Traders in Royal Oak. Go to their website for more information.

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