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The Perfect Bladesmith Tea

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Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Lapsang Souchong tea has a famously smoky aroma and flavor. To create this, tea leaves are dried in bamboo baskets over pine fires, achieving a perfect balance of smoke and tea flavor.  Typically draws strong reactions: you’ll either love it or hate it.

I love it after a day of hammerin'

Here is a link to a source:

 

http://www.adagio.com/black/lapsang_souchong.html

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Hey Tai, What, pray tell, is Cactus Tea? All the cactus we have here in Alabama is Prickly Pear. Or is it something like a Blind  White Russian? Deaf Dunked Dane? A Mute Mashed Mongol, perhaps. (Sorry I got carried away)

 

Yellow Hammer

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For your smoked teas, I like Lapsang Suchong, Oolong, but for the true hard core, try Russian Caravan.  It has this "stored in a leather boot and hung over a fire" taste, takes some getting used to, but I really like, and no one ever wants to share.

 

According to my research, green teas were too fragile to ship very far, so they tried pan frying teas, like Pekoe, but even that wouldn't keep them from spoiling, so for long shipments they smoked them, hence Russian Caravan.

 

Geoff

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Hey Geoff,

I tried the russian caravan and your right It's Tea Not For The

Faint Of Heart!!! I think I'll stick with the Lapsang Souchong and another tea I like, Wittard's Assam blend, which I order from their shop in Chelsea. Their shop is kind of foofy but their

tea is right on. Here is their link:

 

http://www.whittard.co.uk/cgi-bin....040

 

Yellow Hammer

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Guest Tai
I'm a big fan of Yogi Bhajan.  [notworthy]

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I drink a lot of kukicha or bancha tea. It is made from the twigs of the tea plant and has little or no caffeine, not that that matters to me after a pot and a half of boiled coffee.

 

It isn't very flavorful, but the wife says it is soothing for the nervous system and makes your blood alkaline. I do find it soothing. :)

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You know what else is good,... a shot of vinegar before forging. I've heard Samurai warriors would drink a "cup" of vinegar before going into battle. It's invigorating!

 

Vinegar = vigor

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Tai, that's the old Roman "pulsum": a hot mixture of vinegar and water. As a stimulant, it was one of the marching fuels of the Legions. That's why Rabbi Jesus' executioners happened to have vinegar and water to give to him just before he died.

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Guest Tai
Didn't John the baptist eat something like locusts and honey? I've got to try that next time the locusts come.  :)

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Burnt Rice tea and Kim Chi - Now that will put hair on your chest (or burn it off [dunno] - from the inside)

 

Chuck

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For soothing, try Sage tea, a handful of sage leaves in boiling water.  Dry works OK, but fresh off the bush is better.  I particularly like it when my immune system is down, like during and after a cold or flu, it seems to make the chest feel less tight and just generally makes me feel better.  I got the idea from my Sifu of 20+ years.

 

Geoff

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Tai, I still shudder when I recall the LAST time the locusts descended on Tucson. When I saw Spook the Boo (One of my cats) chasing one this morning, I considered converting to Mormonism and praying for seagulls!

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What do you do, just rinse them off and mix them with honey? I bet it's good for bladesmithing food.  :D

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A small glass of good quality Kraut juice helps jump start your

system in the morning. My son and I fight over the kraut juice

but my wife makes us wait until all the kraut is eaten first. What a kill joy,eh.

Yellow Hammer :D

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Tai, locusts would have been stir-fried in olive oil, dipped into the honey as a finger-food. Crunchy!

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Tai, in Oaxaca you can buy dried locusts in several different size ranges at the markets. Salty, crunchy, like they should be in a bowl on a bar counter. Lots of protein too. mmmm. They are a reddish color.

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You know, now that you say that I remember my girlfriend telling me that a while ago.  It is just as appealing now as it was then.

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If bladesmith's tea is anything like builder's tea then no thanks,

 

classic recipe for builder's tea;

start with an old cup that looks like it's never seen dishwashing detergent,

add the cheapest tea bag you can find

fill with hot water and leave to stand for a quarter of an hour

remove tea bag and add milk so that it breaks the scum on the top in to small floating islands

add enough sugar so that you can't taste the tea (about 4 tablespoonsfuls)

sit down and try and drink in between the islands of scum while reading soft core pornography, or every 12 year olds favourite read, The Sun. (for UK builder's tea, please transfer National Enquirer or any other similar printed material for your land of abode).

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Is there another tea besides Twining's English Breakfast Tea? I do enjoy a nice cup of green tea with peppermint in it also.

 

Has anyone tried a mixture water, apple cider vinegar and raw honey? It's supposed to be a treatment for arthritis but sounds good to me, just haven't gotten around to trying it.

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It tastes like slightly acidic ersatz apple cider. In the interest of furthering scientific frontiers, I whomped up a batch once. Didn't do anything for arthritis, but it sure cleaned up the throat for theatrical work!

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