A colleague of mine introduced me to Lapsang Souchong tea this afternoon. She encourages me to take in the smoky aroma as I first put the hot water over the teabag. Mmmmmmmmm, I can smell the smoke. I take my first sip and as I swallow, my face lights up with joy! It tastes like tobacco. I can’t believe it. I am overjoyed! Oh my goodness.. please don’t tell me I have just had nicotine. Christina assures me i have not, and I continue to enjoy my cuppa.
“Originally hailing from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian province, China, this twisted-leaf black tea, made from leaves a few steps down from the bud, gets its unusual character from an intermediate stage in its production: instead of withering to dry through natural drying processes (e.g., laid out in the air), it is dried essentially by campfire.” (Liz Clayton, Serious Eats)
Not sure if I should feel guilty or not – but I like it. 🙂
*Thanks go to my colleague, Christina Ward