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I had cut a vanilla bean into my tin of this, and finally got to sample it last night. Oh la la! I am firmly convinced you can cut a vanilla bean into almost anything, and I will think it tastes like the most amazing thing on earth!!!! Ahem!

The rooibos gave it some heft, but what you really tasted was true vanilla bean. Even more than with a black tea, because the black tea is stronger and shares the spotlight with the vanilla. Here, the vanilla was center stage. It was intoxicating! I said to my husband, “Wait until you taste THIS!” and he said “WOoOoooW!” It was that powerful. :)

If any of you like vanilla rooibos, I highly recommend this. With a scissors, cut one vanilla bean into little slices into 4oz roobois. Wait three weeks to sample. You will swoon.

This reminds me, I finished all of my self made Vanilla Black, and should really get another tin going.

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VegTea

What a great idea!

LadyLondonderry

So the rooibos didn’t have any vanilla in it prior to your addition of the bean?

JacquelineM

LadyLondonderry – it had vanilla flavoring, I’m assuming from extract. There were no vanilla beans or anything visible in the rooibos. It was just a touch of flavoring. When you add the vanilla bean it’s robust and earthy and vanilla-y and a whole ’nuter ballgame!!!

LadyLondonderry

Ah, I see … you took the vanilla to the next level!

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VegTea

What a great idea!

LadyLondonderry

So the rooibos didn’t have any vanilla in it prior to your addition of the bean?

JacquelineM

LadyLondonderry – it had vanilla flavoring, I’m assuming from extract. There were no vanilla beans or anything visible in the rooibos. It was just a touch of flavoring. When you add the vanilla bean it’s robust and earthy and vanilla-y and a whole ’nuter ballgame!!!

LadyLondonderry

Ah, I see … you took the vanilla to the next level!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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