Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Tea For Scotch Drinkers?

I usually drink hot tea in the mornings.  I like strongly flavored, rich, robust teas, such as Indian Chai, Irish breakfast, or Scottish breakfast.  However, there is one tea I turn to if I am in the mood for some smoke, which is Lapsang Souchong.  Wikipedia explains: "Lapsang is distinct from all other types of tea because lapsang leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavour."

If you appreciate smoky Scotch, I would suggest you give this tea a try.  The smoke in the tea is probably stronger than even a young Islay whisky, but it is a different type of smoke.  Whereas Islay smoke tends to have maritime elements, Lapsang smoke is pure camp-fire.  If you brew a cup, beware that the aroma will fill your house and has potential to offend other members of your household!


  1. I always figured you'd like the Lapsang Souchong. Additionally, if you like Irish Breakfast, look for Scottish Breakfast, it's similarly strong and malty, but with a more balanced flavor and a bit less astringency.

    On the subject of Scotch in tea: I recently came down with a cold, and decided to resurrect the notion of a hot toddy. The only whiskey I have that I felt I could in good conscience actually mix with something was a bottle of Tamdhu, and 8 yr independent bottling that wasn't much on the tounge, but was a good deal at $20 and change. The verdict: a wondeful mix. Sweetness from the Speyside balancing with the strong malty Scottish tea and the creaminess of the milk, it was great. Too great, as I managed to down a bit too much, and aggravate my cold symptoms. So, was it an effective medicinal? Nope, but it sure was tasty!

  2. Hmm, I see you already mentioned the Scottish Breakfast...disregard my lack of attention.