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Genghis Khan (Lapsang Souchong with Jasmine)

August 18, 2018

I went to my regular tea store (yup I am one of those annoying nerds who has a tea store – it even has a pretentious name: La Société Du Thé) to get some lapsang souchong and pu’er. My guy, who normally has a good inventory, did not have any lapsang souchong. I said it must be Trump’s fault – you know trade war/tariffs. That set my guy off with some opinions. Someday I will have a long cup of tea with him. Seems like a well-informed and opinionated chap.

Anyway what’s my alternative? He recommends Genghis Khan, which is lapsang souchong with jasmine. He says he can only sell me three ounces – there is a shortage. I respect the customer advocacy. You don’t want to disappoint your regulars.

I previously posted about my obsession with  lapsang souchong.  Per Wikipedia lapsang  souchong is distinct from all other types of tea because lapsang tea leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavor.

Well, I brewed it up and it is real good. It is smokey, bitter (in a good way like an IPA) and FLORAL. Weird, but good. A nice change-up. It tones it back to almost a straight black tea, but a really good black tea. I think this will be part of my regular tea repertoire.

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