Chapters & Cups – The City of Brass’s Perfect Tea
Welcome my dear readers to a new segment exclusive to Sororitea Sisters! Here I will discuss my latest reads and what tea goes perfectly with the said read. I welcome your comments about new reads I should look into, what tea you would also think goes well with the read, or anything else you would like to add!
.Within the past few months, I have become the proud owner of S. A. Chakraborty’s debut novel, The City of Brass. To give you a little bit about this book before I get started, this book focuses on a young Egyptian woman who lives in poverty and to make ends meet she uses her impressively deft hands and the mysterious ability that allows her to heal the sick. Now since this is set in the 18th century her abilities mark her as unholy but regardless she is still called on by the population of Cairo to heal their ailments. While doing this she foolishly summons a several centuries old Daeva warrior that quickly pulls her into the world of Daevabad that is unseen to the human eye full of ancient magic and dangerously confusing court politics.
To say the least, I devoured this book and now I have to wait until 2019 for the next installment. And while this book is commonly referred to as a young adult because the protagonist goes on a journey of self-realization I think it will be more apt to call this an adult novel because of some of the themes in this book. There are violent and sexual themes but it is not to the level that the Game of Thrones series is. I would say that this would be good for someone who is 18 and up.
Now the tea that I believe that is the perfect companion is Lapsang Souchong. More specifically Twinings Lapsang Souchong but I am sure that any other tea brands will do. I think this tea is a perfect companion for this read for it is as rich and smoky as the mood is that Chakraborty crafts. From the smoky djinn and daeva to the richness of the history and the populace of Daevabad. Also not to mention there is a part where a certain magical tea is described and it reminded me instantly of Lapsang Souchong.
As you can probably guess reader, I give this book 10/10 cups of tea. This book is perfect for any fantasy lover that enjoys traveling to a new world inside of our familiar world. The protagonist is strong and clever and the cast of characters that are presented in the book are fully fleshed out and are memorable.
See you for the next read!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Twinings
Lapsang Souchong, also referred to as smoked tea, is one of the worlds’ oldest and most distinctive black teas. The tea is grown in the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian Province of China and is made by only a select number of estates. Once a very secretive process, Lapsang Souchong is prepared using the same manual techniques today that have been passed down from generation to generation.
After the tea is plucked, the leaves are withered over cypress or pine wood fires. They are later placed into barrels so that the smoky aroma intensifies. As a final step, the leaves are placed into flat wicker baskets and positioned on bamboo trays over smoky pine fires, where they dry and absorb even more aroma. The finished tea leaves are thick and black and when steeped in hot water, produce a rich tea with a unique, smoky taste.
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Sometimes I’m Lazy. Yes. That is a complete sentence. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have to explain myself on that because I think no matter how driven or inspired anyone can be – anyone can still be lazy every once and a while.
Rich Assam Black Tea Signature Collection from Wissotzky Tea has been my lazy tea as of late. I purchased it prior to Christmas while shopping for someone else. It was on sale for $1.99 at a local TJ Maxx. I see on the company website that it sells for $4.99. I feel I got a great bargain. Even at $4.99 for 16 silky pyramid tea bags I was totally ok with the price tag. WHY? Because it was one of the stronger black teas I have had in a tea bag in a great while.
It stands up to it’s name – RICH ASSAM. It’s powerful, bold, rich, smooth, fairly malty, a bit brash, and a tad astringent – but all in good ways!
Regardless if you are in a rush and don’t have time to infused loose leaf tea leaves or if you are feeling lazy THIS tea is one I would keep on hand as often as possible. It’s a good old stand by in a bag. Rich Assam Black Tea Signature Collection from Wissotzky Tea is a winner in my book!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Wissotzky Tea
Our choice “Rich Assam” is a smooth, full bodied black tea carrying a distinctive malty aroma that is unique to India’s highland tea plantations of Assam. An ideal morning tea to get you going. Enjoy with or without milk.