drank Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons
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I didn’t actually drink this, but I’m logging it anyway. Harney & Sons (the store) really went above and beyond the point of generosity. Emeric sent me some teas they decided they didn’t care for and not only did they not want anything in return, they sent me a sample of one of their senchas and… LAPSANG SOUCHONG CHEESE! I completely flipped out when I saw this.

I decided to christen my taste buds w/ a simple grilled ham and cheese so I didn’t over power the cheese w/ a bunch of other flavors- a thin layer of mayo on each side of the bread, cheese on each side of the bread, and one piece of ham on good french bread and toasted in our George Foreman machine.

I think this is the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had. Honestly, I’m not too thrilled w/ the cheese right from the wedge because the cheese itself is a little strong for my personal taste (I have no clue what kind they use), but when melted it’s perfect. Both the taste of the cheese and the tea (although I wish they’d use a little more) hold up to the sandwhich instead of just being a glue that you can’t really taste. Normally the only cheese I put on grilled cheese is pepper jack so I think next time I’ll add just a pinch of red pepper flake to my sandwhich. And maybe some cooked red peppers. I normally put roasted red peppers (the kind in the jar) on it, but I think the brine would be too much. I served this w/ a 2nd infusion of maple sugar black tea and it paired wonderfully w/ not only the smokeyness of the lapsang souchong, but the flavor of the cheese itself. I’ll wait til I can actually rate the cheese individually, but this cheese gets a 100 in my book!=D

JacquelineM

Amazing! I plan to visit the tea room in upstate NY this spring – I have yet another delight to look forward to – tea cheese!

Robert Godden

It’s another planet there, isn’t it? Bacon tea, LS cheese, etc.
I’m not much of a cheese fan, but I do love it melted. I think that this product would be quite brilliant. I’d try it with on grilld tomatoes, I think.

Cofftea

Robert, I’m not a cheese fan either- only on hot sandwhiches, mac n cheese, pizza, and of course fried! I saw a grilled egg plant, zucchini, tomato, and basil sandwhich on tv I want to try- this’d be killer on it.

Gander

Argh, LS cheese… sounds lovely. I can almost taste it. They don’t have it in their online store! :-(

LENA

Mmmm….everything in this tasting note sounds wonderful! Truly wonderful! I need to get in good with H&S like you!

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JacquelineM

Amazing! I plan to visit the tea room in upstate NY this spring – I have yet another delight to look forward to – tea cheese!

Robert Godden

It’s another planet there, isn’t it? Bacon tea, LS cheese, etc.
I’m not much of a cheese fan, but I do love it melted. I think that this product would be quite brilliant. I’d try it with on grilld tomatoes, I think.

Cofftea

Robert, I’m not a cheese fan either- only on hot sandwhiches, mac n cheese, pizza, and of course fried! I saw a grilled egg plant, zucchini, tomato, and basil sandwhich on tv I want to try- this’d be killer on it.

Gander

Argh, LS cheese… sounds lovely. I can almost taste it. They don’t have it in their online store! :-(

LENA

Mmmm….everything in this tasting note sounds wonderful! Truly wonderful! I need to get in good with H&S like you!

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1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

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