I’m Changing Teams
I’ve been a tea drinker for a long time. No coffee for me, thank you. Yes, I love the smell . . . hate the taste. I try coffee occasionally to see if anything’s changed but, nope, still find it disgusting. It’s funny, because I love coffee-flavored things–ice cream, cake icing, candy, you name it.
But back to tea. I drink a cup of tea almost every night and for the past 15 years or so have favored Earl Grey (Twinings or Stash).
Before we go on, let’s get one thing straight, shall we? Herbal “tea” is not tea. I’ve been telling Jen this for years and she argued the point with me until she went to a market and met an English man peddling teas (if anyone knows tea it’s the English). She asked him where the herbal teas were and he pointed to the black teas and said, “The tea is here, the herbals are over there.” Ouch. I guess that settled it for her.
But back to Earl Grey. The manly tea (I know tea isn’t exactly as manly as coffee but, hey, it’s the best I can do). And the best tea I ever tasted . . . or so I thought. Until I had Lady Grey. Okay, I would never say it in public (though I am here), but I liked Lady Grey better than the Earl. I hated liking it better because it sounds like such a girlie tea and in public I would never, ever, ask for Lady Grey. It was always Earl Grey. The manly tea. The manliest of teas.
Or so I thought.
Until one of my managers introduced me to Lapsang Souchong tea. Oh, man, what a great tea. Tastes like an autumn campfire. I’m not kidding. It has a wonderful smokey flavor. Very manly. Yes, even more manly than Earl Grey (if that’s possible). On the back of the Twinings packet it reads . . .
The unique flavor of Lapsang Souchong is produced by laying the leaves out on bamboo trays and allowing smoke from pinewood to permeate through them.
Is that cool or what? Smoked tea leaves.
The problem with Lapsang Souchong is one, hardly anyone’s ever heard of it (though I’m sure it’s been around for thousands of years) and two, it’s next to impossible to find any store that actually carries it.
Have you ever heard of Lapsang Souchong? What’s your favorite tea (okay, or herbal)?