Earl Grey Hot Chocolate/ The History of Lapsang Souchong

You have to appreciate both tea, hot chocolate, and adventure to attempt something like this.

It’s pretty simple.


Brew a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Mix in some instant hot chocolate.


Brew a cup of Lapsang Souchong tea.
Mix in some instant hot chocolate.

I tried it, and though I enjoyed it, I liked it much better using Twinings’ Lapsang Souchong. I wouldn’t just throw that in there, though, if you’ve never tried it before. Lapsang Souchong is to tea what caviar is to many people who don’t eat fish: it’s an acquired taste.

Lapsang Souchong has an interesting history. A long time ago, people tried to dry their tea leaves faster by putting them over a fire of pine needles. As soon as they tried the tea, it was declared a disaster; the tea has a distinct pine-and-smoke flavor, almost nothing like the fresh, crisp quality they were looking for.
Even while the majority of people hated it, a small handful actually enjoyed it, and kept it up through the centuries.

If you enjoy tea, give it a try.

Will you hate it? I’m not sure.

But, I suspect it appeals to people who like the following: pine forests, camping fires, dark tea, and smoking cigarillos. (I like all of those things.)

But take thyself to a teahouse, first, because it’s not all that common. There’s no sense sinking a lot of money into something you might hate.

My first teahouse (and my favorite) was t – an urban teahouse in Oklahoma City, OK.

Tea gods: http://www.twinings.com/home.php (t- an urban teahouse.)

My favorite tea brand name: http://www.twinings.com/home.php (Twinings of London.)

A better place to buy tea: http://www.ebay.com/itm/6x-Twinings-Loose-Tea-3-53oz-Tins-Pick-your-flavor-/260714145957?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item8263c66d86

(Pick your flavor(s), and they usually re-stock, too!)

*The history of Lapsang Souchong, as told me verbally by a friend.


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