Since I realise that not everyone has the time to invest in loose leaf tea this week I present a nice tea in teabag form.
I was first introduced to Lapsang Souchong via the comedic stylings of one Bill Bailey and as such had to try it. Since then, for reasons most likely linked to regular consumption of a pot (or two) during revision for my final year exams, this has become a tea I drink in order to focus myself and work harder.
"Use one tea bag per person and pour on boiling water. Leave the tea to brew for three to five minutes, or until you think it's ready. Then drink it black, or with a drop of milk."
I tend to brew this tea for the length of one song in my playlist (this usually falls neatly between 3 and 5 minutes) as I'd feel strange timing my tea in the office.
Similarly, I drink this tea without milk due to the lack of adequate fridge facilities in my office (all my work teas can be enjoyed without milk)
A deep brown.
Step 1: Cut down a pine tree.
Step 2: Build a bonfire from it.
Step 3: Inhale.
Or alternatively take a deep breath over your mug of Lapsang Souchong.
In a word: intriguing.
This tea tastes of smoke (from the aforementioned pine trees). This is indeed odd but surprisingly refreshing.
Although this week I haven't any tea tasters to hand I do recall introducing my housemates to it last year. I believe the consensus was: strange but good.
While writing this (and enjoying the tea) I have listened to: Pearl Jam, Queen, The Eagles, Supertramp and Blink-182. A good mix of strong beats and good lyrics to keep me working.
To quote The Mask: "
See you all next week!