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drank Napoleon by TWG Tea Company
255 tasting notes

I packed up 6 samples to go out to various members of the Steepster community and still have a couple to go…in the meantime, I decided to reward myself by steeping Napoleon.

I really cannot say that I am disappointed at all but my expectations get very high for some tea brands. If this were a TeaVana or an Adagio I would probably rank it close to 100. Keeping that in mind, the brew smells and looks rich, honest, and sincere. The predominate flavor that I get is a great solid black tea with generous vanilla overtones. As a lover of vanilla, I am certainly pleased. There’s nothing synthetic here, nothing cheap or cheesy.

Overall, I’m delighted and will almost certainly reorder unless I find a better black vanilla. TWG stands for “The Wellness Group,” by the way. I can most certainly see this tea promoting wellness. Named in honor of Napoleon, this tea makes me feel a bit more successful and a bit European!

ICED TEA: I put this on ice last night and the results are very pleasing. The appearance is cloudy (does not bother me but I might not serve it to guests) but the taste is delicious—the vanilla comes through loud and clear. Very nice!

Stephanie

I’m looking for a good (no, an exceptional) vanilla black tea! I wish TWG’s site would enable online ordering. I tweeted them to ask when it would happen, but they, so far, have ignored me!

the quiet life

Stephanie- You can order TWG tea online at deandeluca.com :)

I’m also in search of The Best Vanilla Black Tea! But I’m very very happy with Lupicia’s vanilla. :) I’ll have to give this a try, too!! The description sounds yummy! :)

sophistre

Most of the people whose tealogs I’ve read have sworn by SerendipiTea’s Colonille. I’ve got a sample and it’s pretty decent, but I think it really depends on what you’re looking for, and everybody’s taste-buds are different!

JacquelineM seems to have had a smashing success making her own vanilla tea, for anyone curious about how-tos.

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Stephanie

I’m looking for a good (no, an exceptional) vanilla black tea! I wish TWG’s site would enable online ordering. I tweeted them to ask when it would happen, but they, so far, have ignored me!

the quiet life

Stephanie- You can order TWG tea online at deandeluca.com :)

I’m also in search of The Best Vanilla Black Tea! But I’m very very happy with Lupicia’s vanilla. :) I’ll have to give this a try, too!! The description sounds yummy! :)

sophistre

Most of the people whose tealogs I’ve read have sworn by SerendipiTea’s Colonille. I’ve got a sample and it’s pretty decent, but I think it really depends on what you’re looking for, and everybody’s taste-buds are different!

JacquelineM seems to have had a smashing success making her own vanilla tea, for anyone curious about how-tos.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

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