1319 Tasting Notes

70
drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
1319 tasting notes

Done it! Goodbye, French Vanilla.
With a name like French Vanilla, it should be smooth, warm, and with a ribbon of silky vanilla running through every sip.
Instead, this is a somewhat uninspired black base, with the vaugust suggestion of vanilla as an aftertaste. Hmph.
The base, at least, is not at all bitter, and you get slightly more vanilla as it cools, but all in all I am glad to be done with this.
Sipdown!

Flavors: Vanilla

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68
drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
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Goodness, this tea is a Mary Poppins tin. I cannot seem to get through it.
I think I have only one more small pot left, and I will buckle down and get it. Never again, though.
Its not that its undrinkable, or bitter, or even really unpleasant. Its jus disapointing, and does not live up to its name.

Flavors: Coconut

moraiwe

I love the Mary Poppins tin description. That captures how I feel about certain teas far to well.

JustJames

=0) @ mary poppins tin…

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97
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I think I like the new Steepster bells and whistles. Well, thats a good thing, as its not like I can get it back the other way.
I am contentedly in my robe, listening to music and plotting the next work of fiction (Camp Nanowrimo is coming up fast in April. I should be ready!), and this is my tea of choice for the evening.
Of course, its often the tea of choice, as its perfectly lovely, but it goes double for today.

Flavors: Vanilla

__Morgana__

Good luck with Nanowrimo!

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70
drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
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Why, goodness me, Steepster. What has come over you?
I left for the weekend, out to have adventures and watch Cirque du Soleil (magical. I love Cirque), and I come back, eager to drink a proper cup of tea, and log it.
Its like seeing a friend after a long time, and the friend has changed their look, got a haircut and new clothes. You recognise them, but you still quietly check the URL to make sure that you have not gone somewhere else….
Well, I like it so far, and am eager to run around and see it.
This tea. I am almost done with this tea. Thank goodness. I am well and proper ready to be done with this.
Oooh, I get to use the not recommended button!

Flavors: Vanilla

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68
drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
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The quest to get these S&V teas gone continues.
I’ve given up on this ever tasting like Creme Brulee. This does not have the crisp sugary quality, or the smooth custard taste of a proper creme brulee.
Instead, I still get the mysterious coconut, and today is just a bit bitter. Meh.
Well, thats what I’ve got. I’ll get it drunk, and free up my tin for new and better brews.

Fjellrev

Word, I kind of feel obligated to work on mine until they’re gone.

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61
drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Today no toffe, just hot, black tea, with the tiniest hint of nuttiness. I would be more annyoed, but I’m almost asleep, so I’m ok with this being just wake up juice, instead of a properly delightful cup of tea.
Why, S&V, why? Gah.

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75

Was in dramatic need of tea today, so stopped for a cup of this during lunch.
I’ve had this before, and was stuck by how juicy this tea is. And in a very good way. Its lush and fruity, without seeming like some kind of hot punch. Just what the doctor ordered on this long afternoon.
C’mon, when is Saturday going to get here?

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92

It rained yesterday! Hooray! And it was a thunderstorm. I love thunderstorms. It all cleared up this morning, but I still felt a little better about the world.
So a lovely, post rain cup of tea was required this morning. This beloved favorite was it.

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70
drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
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Oof, this was a tough morning section.
I have returned home, before a busy afternoon of errands, to drink tea and have my favorite mid-morning snack, of an english muffin with local honey on it, paired with the tea.
This is what I grabbed today, not so much out of a love of this, but more out of the desire to get rid of it.
Its not bitter, or bad, but I do not get the vanilla in the amount I want. Its the slightest suggestion of aftertaste, rather than a full and flavorful vanilla cup.
Well, a quiet morning before off the races again.

pyarkaaloo

love vanilla blacks as well (and always appreciate a good ‘iteration’ of french vanilla)…do you have any recommendations on any where the vanilla stands up well to the base?

Rosehips

So far Harney and Sons Vanilla Black and Vanilla Comoro are holding the top spots, but the quest is ongoing.

pyarkaaloo

ah, thank you so much! i do have H&S Vanilla Comoro on my shopping list on account of everyone’s rave reviews. plan to purchase a bunch of samples from them soon. i did look at the Vanilla Black on their website as well…sounds delicious!

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77
drank Pure Mint by Twinings
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My stomach hurts a little this morning. And I’ve got my extra early day, plus a whole lot of work. Bleh.
Save me, pure mint.
This is an especially good bagged tea. A very smooth base, and a noticeable amount of mint. Excelent.
Still, I cant wait till I can get back home and drink a proper pot of tea.

ashmanra

I hope you feel better and get home soon!

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