In the very beginning of the month, I featured a small yet unique trend in tea - that of "manly teas" and the marketing of tea to men , called "Real Men Drink Tea". I love a catchy concept as much as the next person, and it was a lot of fun to write about. In so doing, it led me to purchase some Bacon Tea from Man Teas - after all, bacon makes everything taste better, right? Seeing as I love crazy blends, this kind of tea madness has my name written all over it!
My favorite part about having this tea was asking my guy friends, "Hey, would you like to try this Bacon Tea I just got the other day?" and each one in their own flourished way exclaimed "But of course!!!!" My favorite reaction was from my friend, Dave who rolled his eyes and said, "as if you need to ask...I mean..it's BACON!"
Smoky Bacon Tea
from Man Teas
Lapsang Souchong, Bacon Bits and Bacon Flavoring
The Quick Review: Yes, this smells like bacon. However, and I'm not alone on this....the smokiness from the Lapsang overpowers the bacony taste that I was hoping for. Now, as I LIKE Lapsang all is not lost.
Then I tried some more manly accoutrement to accompany my Bacon Tea experiment and I found that a shot of Scotch or Brandy was indeed more hearty (though, I like them in any black tea). And my favorite way to enjoy this tea was with a nice cigar. Yes, few teas can stand up to the robust flavor of a finely rolled cigar, but I believe the Bacon Tea scores 2 extra points for being cigar-worthy.
I don't think it gets manlier than that....and I certainly had a fun time with this one. Perhaps I'll try their Beer Tea when it becomes available again!