Lapsang Souchong and “Fahrenheit 451″

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which books burn. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job it is to burn those offensive and illegal items. Fahrenheit 212 is the temperature at which water boils. Pour that over some leaves of Lapsang Souchang tea, and you’ve got the perfect complement to Mr. Bradbury’s story.

Lapsang Souchong is a black tea, and is traditionally dried over pinewood fires to give it a unique smoky flavor. History tells us that during the Qing era, soldiers traveled through the Chinese province of Fujian, delaying the usual schedule of tea drying in the Wuyi region. So the workers cleverly sped up the drying process by laying the leaves over fires fed by local pines. The unexpected, campfire-reminiscent result has become the taste for which the tea is favored.

And Guy Montag is a character well acquainted with the taste of his own work. In the novel, he enjoys the process of burning; and not just books, but the homes that hide them as well. He’s a soldier in his own right, employed by a government who uses firemen to start fires, instead of putting them out. But then he meets 17-year-old Clarisse McClellan, who isn’t afraid of him, and asks him questions he hadn’t even asked himself. Guy’s life slowly turns toward an unexpected result, as well.

Lapsang Souchong
Lapsang Souchong

With Lapsang Souchong in a mug, you’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind tea that not only enhances your reading of Fahrenheit 451, but immerses you into it. You’ll experience the heat from the drink, the scent from its smoldering leaves, and the liquid taste of smoky depths. With a dash of milk to make it creamy and a hint of sweetener to tame the bitterness, Lapsang Souchong is the tea of choice for firemen, or anyone!

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2 thoughts on “Lapsang Souchong and “Fahrenheit 451″

  1. The thought of Lapsang Souchong with apples is making my mouth water; what a great idea.

    One science fiction and tea reference that pops immediately into mind (although not literary) is the episode of Dr. Who where the dying doctor is revived by a thermos of tea that knocks over and spills into his mouth.

    If I’m not mistaken, in “The Midwich Cuckoos” by John Wyndham, there is passing mention of the village of Midwich waking up confused from a mysterious “sleep” and getting on with their morning, including brewing up some tea.

    I’m sure there are many, and now you’ve got me intrigued to find out more!

    – Jackie

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