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January 7 - 14, 1999

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Cup in smoke

Taylors Lapsang Souchong tea

Noshing & Sipping by Theresa Regli

Lapsang is a traditional Chinese tea, generally adored by tea drinkers, that is made by smoking leaves over wood fires. The result is an intensely smoky brew with a hint of barbecue flavor. Its scent is so strong that if you leave the box open, the smell of smoky tea leaves will permeate your kitchen. Brew it up and you'll notice it in the next room. This is an excellent tea to drink with a spicy stir-fry or on its own. Taylors of Harrogate makes the strongest variety I've tasted, and it costs about $5 for a 50-bag box wherever high-end tea is sold.

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