I received a whiff of my childhood this week, thanks to Amazon and communists.
When I was a little girl, I remember our family went periodically to a local Chinese restaurant. It was just in a small shopping center, but it was a magical place with bright red tasseled lanterns overhead and for dessert we were given not just fortune cookies, but flat round almond cookies, too, with an almond in the center.
Not only are the almond cookies long gone in today’s restaurants, but so is the tea. I haven’t seen anything but Lipton for years, a sad substitute for the jasmine tea that we would drink from tiny handle-less cups that were too hot to pick up.
The closest my grocery store can come is green tea with jasmine, which doesn’t cut it at all. On a whim, I extended my search to a bigger world, and lo and behold, our communist friends in China were offering the very thing.
|A little dented, but tasty
Fortunately, it’s in an enormous tin, so if we shut off all trade to China, I’m probably all set for what remains of my lifetime.
Another favorite of mine, lapsang souchong, first came about because of civilians fleeing the soldiers of the Qing dynasty in 1646, who had to dry their fresh tea leaves quickly over a fire. It was later sold to Dutch traders who realized this tea held up better over the long journey home. Instead of being kiln-dried like most other black teas, lapsang souchong has a distinctive smoky flavor.
Unfortunately, unless I can locate a producer with a different method, I may have to skip this one since it’s been banned in Europe as a possible carcinogen.