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Sherlock Holmes' Tea

I had lunch out with the charming wife today, and on the menu was "Lapsang Souchong Imperial", listed as the Sherlock Holmes favorite tea.

Never one to pass up the chance to try out the preference of a fictional character, we gave it a whirl. Very smoky. Very, very smoky, as in you could added flavor to barbeque with this tea. I think all that pipe smoke probably clogged up Mr. Holmes taste buds, and this is the only stuff he could taste.

So, not recommended.


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Nov. 8th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the 1 time i tried lapsang souchong the thought that dominated thru' each sip was, "I am drinking HAM."
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
butterflydrming dubbed that tea "burning village."
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
I still think I need to make a soup using it as the base... since I own the super-giant tin of it and all.
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ham soup? Or split pea and tofu...

Now I want soup! :)
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Definitely not ham. Unless you were looking for doubly smoky soup. But maybe some sort of split pea thing that is usually flavored with ham.

Hmmm... I'll have to add that to the list of food experiments for Sinthrex-in-Kenya-time.
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ha! I'm one of the crazy ones who likes that smoky tea. But then, I also like smoky scotch, smoked cheese, smoked salmon. But not Liquid Smoke. I draw the line at Liquid Smoke.
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Most excellent! I was about to say something almost the same (except less eloquently). I second the lady. :D
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
If my foggy memory serves me, Lapsang Souchong was a favorite tea of Winston Churchill. He was also a vigorous drinker. Draw your own conclusions. :)

It's an acquired taste. Black tea leaves are smoked and dried over pine fires, which both oxidizes the leaves and infuses the leaves with that heavy smoke aroma. I'm a tea snob and, while I enjoy Lapsang Souchong quite a bit (my wife calls it "campfire tea"), the blends differ and I've tasted some really mediocre ones that aren't worth keeping around. And labeling something "Imperial" is no indication of greatness -- more like "effective marketing for non-Chinese people." :D

I definitely wouldn't recommend it for people who enjoy floral or herbal tea.
Nov. 9th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
I usually stick to greens (genmai, sencha, whatever) and herbals like bitter orange. So this was quite a change.
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
I call it the "really really cold" weather tea. Its smell and flavor warm me right up! goes great with a bit of milk and sweetner. :)
Nov. 9th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
I can totally see it doctored up with milk. Not so sure about smoke+sugar, though.
Nov. 9th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm fond of it.

It might be kind of an acquired taste. You might also prefer it a little weaker.
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
I can't stand it either. A friend of mine made me one by mistake a couple of months back, and I ended up tipping it down the sink and having an Irish Breakfast tea instead.

As kids, we called it "Lapsang Spewchong". I still think of it like that. :)
Nov. 9th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
I love that stuff!!

It's like sipping on a campfire! lol

It is especialy good with milk and sweetener.
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