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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
688 tasting notes

It’s HERE!!!! Thank you so much Meghann M for this and the SEVEN other treats you sent. The beau and I opened each sachet, sniffing them all with the excitement of children at Christmas. I completely forgive Canada Post for taking forever with this package, as it is heaven sent and needed the most delicate of care.

Of course, in my usual impatient style I put the water on to boil as soon as the Vanilla Comoro was opened. The smell of the dry bag reminds me of a dry hot chocolate mix…smells yummy, and not the overpowering vanilla I kept imagining.

I boiled my water and let it steep about five minutes as Harneys suggests….the smell of the steeped tea closely matches that of the dry. I’m so impatient! If I get really close to the cup, I get a black tea smell, with some lovely overtones of vanilla and milk chocolate. I don’t know where I get that smell…

After burning my tongue (again with the impatience!) I finally taste the tea. I definitely taste black tea. A lovely base, really smooth and creamy. No bitterness at all, it actually tastes like it is lightly sweetened already. I find I get all the vanilla taste afterward, and I’m left with a deicious and satisfying aftertaste.

All in all, it doesn’t quite reach my astronomical dreams, but I really like it. I’m ordering 1 pound of it. Now. I think playing with the steeping parameters will really open this up for me – I also imagine it would be lovely as a latte….Or as a base for hot chocolate or cocoa!!! MMM!

Thank you again, Meghann!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Also, to be fair, I am still convinced I am getting sick, and that might be affecting my tastebuds a little bit. I am at the last of the cup and still LOVE it!

Meghann M

It arrived!!! Yay! I’m glad all arrived safely. Vanilla Comoro really had some high expectations set by other steepsterites, so I can see how it could possibly not live up to it’s high high expectations. I’m glad you find it really good and ordered some loose. I am definitely getting loose next time around! Have fun sampling the teas!

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Uniquity

Also, to be fair, I am still convinced I am getting sick, and that might be affecting my tastebuds a little bit. I am at the last of the cup and still LOVE it!

Meghann M

It arrived!!! Yay! I’m glad all arrived safely. Vanilla Comoro really had some high expectations set by other steepsterites, so I can see how it could possibly not live up to it’s high high expectations. I’m glad you find it really good and ordered some loose. I am definitely getting loose next time around! Have fun sampling the teas!

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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