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drank Colonille by SerendipiTea
1311 tasting notes

Oh look, a vanilla black! My obsession with vanilla these days is hardly a secret, is it? Actually, it’s one that has been going on for a fairly long time now. I can’t even remember what set it off. I suspect it was the awesome vanilla bean Nilgiri that Chi of Tea had and which was sold out when I had decided to buy a large quantity of it. (Does anybody know what’s going on with Chi of Tea these days? There has been radio silence on that front for a long time now.) Anyway, that particular vanilla black seems to have ruined me for all others, and now I can’t find the perfect one.

Auggy has sent me this candidate, and from the aroma of the leaves and the cup after brewing, it’s a serious contender. It’s a little bit coconut-y sweet, and it has that smell that feels tough and leathery. Like the skin of the pod itself rather than just the grains on the inside. The smell that reminds me of a certain sort of sweets that actually has nothing at all to do with vanilla as far as I know. In the cup, it smells all creamy too.

So the aroma is exactly what I’m looking for in the perfect vanilla black.

OMG HOW EXCITING!!! Could it really be the Perfect One?

The first sip was definitely vanilla flavoured, and the vanilla tasted right too. It even tasted milky grey, which is a good sign. But then… that was it. The vanilla flavour is everything that I’m looking for, but the base is really where everything falls like a house of cards. There doesn’t really seem to be much body to it. I can barely taste that it’s a black tea, but I can’t say anything at all about it, because it’s only so faintly there under the vanilla, and the flavouring doesn’t even seem to be that overwhelmingly strong. I should really really like to find this flavouring on a slightly more forceful base. I don’t know which tea this one is made on, but it just doesn’t seem to be asserting itself.

The first time I had it was in the large pot that I share with Husband (I think. I must have forgotten to get his opinion), and then tried again in the medium sized pot for the same result. Yesterday I had it in the smallest pot and it was a little bit better, but not really enough to make that much of a difference.

Still, I’ll rate it pretty high, because the flavouring of it is spot on. It’s just not the perfect base.

Fjellrev

Mmm, vanilla. Such a classic, perfect flavour, but so hard to find the perfect vanilla-flavoured tea.

Angrboda

Tell me about it! O.o Every time I come close, it fails Perfectness on availability. If I can’t buy it without having someone else act as middle-man and forward it to me, it’s not It.

MissMylin

Have you tried Vanilla Plantation from Silk Road?
http://www.silkroadtea.com/black_teas.htm
It’s the best vanilla tea I’ve found so far. My stash is a bit old, otherwise I’d send it to you. But, I can get some more if you want to try it out.

Fjellrev

Gah, that tea store is in my city and I still haven’t gone yet. Was seriously going to go the last two times I was downtown but ran out of time. When I get my butt over there, I could get some and send some out your way too, Angrboda.

Thanks for reminding me that I need to go there, MissMylin haha.

MissMylin

LOL! I’ve been to Victoria only once, and I found Silk Road purely by accident. I wasn’t even a tea fanatic yet, so what a lost opportunity!

Missy

This is my favorite vanilla so far. I keep trying others in comparison but I haven’t found any thing better yet. More questing is in order. ;D

Angrboda

MissMylin and Incendiare, Silk Road is out of my reach, unfortunately. I’d love to try some though. Incendiare, thank you so much for the offer, I would like that. When next you go there, can you let me know as there may be a few other things I’d like to try as well. I can paypal you the cost of purchase and shipping, or I can send you something of your choice instead if you like. (And if you’d prefer to keep it simple and stick to just the vanilla, that’s fine too. It’s your call) There’s no rush, though. In your own time. :)

Missy, I know! I was having high hopes for it because of that, but I think it just wasn’t quite… assertive enough for me somehow. I’ve used up my sample now, but I might have been able to experiment my way out of that problem otherwise. I did think I got a better result the second time than I did the first time.

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Fjellrev

Mmm, vanilla. Such a classic, perfect flavour, but so hard to find the perfect vanilla-flavoured tea.

Angrboda

Tell me about it! O.o Every time I come close, it fails Perfectness on availability. If I can’t buy it without having someone else act as middle-man and forward it to me, it’s not It.

MissMylin

Have you tried Vanilla Plantation from Silk Road?
http://www.silkroadtea.com/black_teas.htm
It’s the best vanilla tea I’ve found so far. My stash is a bit old, otherwise I’d send it to you. But, I can get some more if you want to try it out.

Fjellrev

Gah, that tea store is in my city and I still haven’t gone yet. Was seriously going to go the last two times I was downtown but ran out of time. When I get my butt over there, I could get some and send some out your way too, Angrboda.

Thanks for reminding me that I need to go there, MissMylin haha.

MissMylin

LOL! I’ve been to Victoria only once, and I found Silk Road purely by accident. I wasn’t even a tea fanatic yet, so what a lost opportunity!

Missy

This is my favorite vanilla so far. I keep trying others in comparison but I haven’t found any thing better yet. More questing is in order. ;D

Angrboda

MissMylin and Incendiare, Silk Road is out of my reach, unfortunately. I’d love to try some though. Incendiare, thank you so much for the offer, I would like that. When next you go there, can you let me know as there may be a few other things I’d like to try as well. I can paypal you the cost of purchase and shipping, or I can send you something of your choice instead if you like. (And if you’d prefer to keep it simple and stick to just the vanilla, that’s fine too. It’s your call) There’s no rush, though. In your own time. :)

Missy, I know! I was having high hopes for it because of that, but I think it just wasn’t quite… assertive enough for me somehow. I’ve used up my sample now, but I might have been able to experiment my way out of that problem otherwise. I did think I got a better result the second time than I did the first time.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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