Lapsang Souchong

In a family of coffee drinkers, I somehow grew up loving tea.

I love the smell of coffee. It always reminds me of home and waking up to my Dad’s coffee and breakfast routine.

But I much prefer drinking tea.

One of my favourite teas for a cold autumn day is Lapsang Souchong, a Chinese black tea that is smoke-dried over pinewood fires.

It has a unique and smokey flavour that reminds me of sitting around a campfire.

There is a similar tasting variety of tea called Russian Caravan. Legend has it that this tea gained its smokey flavour from the nightly campfires that were lit as the caravans crossed the Eurasian Steppe from China to Russia. Nowadays however it is just a blend that includes Lapsang Souchong in the mix.

 

 

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