This has been my go-to Monday tea recently. Firstly because Mondays are just tough in general so it helps to have a tasty treat to look forward to. Secondly because I have class after work, so I make this one in my Timolino so I can resteep before heading to school. It can withstand a long steep so I can leave it in there with no worries of it becoming bitter.
The smell is so intoxicating that I have to spend a few moments just taking it in (which causes passing coworkers to give me curious looks. But it doesn’t bother me cause I’m in creamy vanilla bean ice cream zen mode). On the first steep, the oolong comes through first followed by a delicious rich vanilla note. On the second steep, the oolong tones down a bit so it’s represented almost evenly with the vanilla. On the third steep both flavors are quite faint but it’s still enjoyable. As far as oolongs go I prefer straight or milk oolong as an anytime tea, but love this one as a special treat.