Try something new: Lapsang Souchong tea


Have you ever tried smoky tea of any sort?  Sometimes I’ve seen it called Lapsang souchong or Russian Caravan (a slightly milder version).  Often you can find it in grocery stores as Hu Kwa.

Hu Kwa tea

If you’ve never tried it before, I recommend trying a cup of it before you buy a whole tin.  I discovered it in college, and learned to love it, especially in the fall and winter.  It smells like a camp fire because the leaves are smoke-dried over a pine fire, but tastes a little different.  It’s a black tea, so you’ll want to steep it for five minutes in boiling water.  I never have it with milk or sugar, but if you do, and you like it, I’d love to hear about it.

Have you ever tried smoky tea?  Do you like it?  Any other tea recommendations?


About Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch)

I love sewing and taking pictures! Pattern and Branch is my sewing blog with periodic photography posts (and occasional other side wanderings). It's a journal of my creative practice that I hope will add to the wider community and serve as a personal record to help me remember the details of my projects (because sometimes I need help with that). Welcome to this space! Join in the conversation!

6 responses »

  1. One of my students brought back tea from the Boston Tea Party Museum and it tasted smoky! I guess that’s the kind of tea they dumped into the harbor. Who knew?!


  2. I love any tea made at your house!!! My favorite tea of all time is “Good Earth” Sweet and Spicy tea. The longer it steeps, the sweeter it gets.MMMMM..maybe I’ll go make some right now?


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