Reading Tea Leaves — Black Teas

Fourth in this round of that practical approach to reading tea leaves. Before steeping, these leaves tell of the process they endured once plucked from the tea bush (Camellia Sinensis). After steeping, they reveal their true nature more fully. There is such variety in the leaves from one to another. Here are tales from a …

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Thankful for Tea

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is almost here. I love all holidays, but Thanksgiving’s particularly high on my list, and it’s not just because of  the pumpkin pie. I love the way families come together to share a meal, and unlike all the meals we scrape together during the rest of the year, this …

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Golden Moon’s Lapsang Souchong

Name: Lapsang Souchong Brand: Golden Moon Type: Black tea, smoked Form: Loose leaf Review: Lapsang souchong is one of those teas that people either love or hate. On one hand, a “smoked tea” (lapsang souchong is made by smoking black tea over a pine fire) does take a bit of getting used to. On the …

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For Dad: A Cupful of Memories

Growing up as a kid, my favorite time of the year was always summertime. It wasn’t just the fact that school was out, although I’m sure that had something to do with it. However, summertime meant that the family got to go camping. As far back as I can remember, the whole family would pack …

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Review — Lapsang Souchong

The Subject: Lapsang Souchong from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 5 minutes (see comments) Tea type: Black, loose leaf, large pieces Scents, flavorings, etc.: Pine Smoke Aroma, dry: Smoky, earthy Aroma in the cup, plain: Smoky, earthy Taste, plain: Smoky, earthy, astringent, no bitterness Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Smoky, …

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Tuesdays Are for Tea

By A.C. Cargill Tuesdays Are for Tea…and so is the rest of the week, but Tuesdays are a bit more special. Why Tuesday? Because this day occupies a unique position in the work week. Tuesday isn’t a depressing Monday when you head back to work from the pleasures of a weekend spent at the beach, …

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Lapsang Souchong and “Fahrenheit 451″

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 …

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Lapsang Souchong: History and Recipes

One might argue the point, but China is probably better known for its green teas and puerh than for black tea – which the Chinese sometimes refer to as red tea. Some of the best-known Chinese black teas include Yunnnan, Keemun and an unforgettably distinctive variety known as Lapsang Souchong. “Real” Lapsang Souchong originates in …

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Tibetan Tea Recipe for Lapsang Souchong Tea

Hello fellow tea connoisseurs! Here is the tea controversy of the day - the taste of Lapsang Souchong tea. Many people have written to the English Tea Store saying they find the taste of Lapsang Souchong tea to be on the strong side. This tea does have a distinct flavor and aroma all its own, …

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