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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
314 tasting notes

Soft vanilla flavor. Slight notes of cherry cough syrup (!!). Malty black tea taste. Not getting much spice. Maybe a bit of cinnamon? I think my water is not hot enough.

I don’t know why I’m detecting cherry cough syrup in vanilla teas nowadays. Luckily, it’s not that strong in this one. But I’m surprised to find it in a Mariage Freres.

The best vanilla flavor in a tea has to be H&S’s Vanilla Comoro. For me, it’s unsurpassed (even if it is decaf).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Ditto on the best vanilla flavor suggestion! :)

Kristin

One that might be better than Vanilla Comoro is Chi of Tea’s Vanilla Bean Cream Nilgiri Black Tea. That stuff is good too. Same kind of flavor profile but maybe a little stronger and a slightly better tea. I’ll stick with the Vanilla Comoro because 90% of the time I want tea without caffeine.

http://steepster.com/teas/chi-of-tea/17881-vanilla-bean-cream-nilgiri-black-tea

Stephanie

Thanks Kristin! Stronger and slightly better, you say?? It has jumped onto my wishlist!

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KeenTeaThyme

Ditto on the best vanilla flavor suggestion! :)

Kristin

One that might be better than Vanilla Comoro is Chi of Tea’s Vanilla Bean Cream Nilgiri Black Tea. That stuff is good too. Same kind of flavor profile but maybe a little stronger and a slightly better tea. I’ll stick with the Vanilla Comoro because 90% of the time I want tea without caffeine.

http://steepster.com/teas/chi-of-tea/17881-vanilla-bean-cream-nilgiri-black-tea

Stephanie

Thanks Kristin! Stronger and slightly better, you say?? It has jumped onto my wishlist!

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